Bosnia and Herzegovina is not far away from declaring their withdrawal from EuroBasket 2022, as the basketball federation made known via an official statement. The serious lack of funding seems to be the main reason behind the potential inability to participate.
“The Basketball Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina secured part of the funds for the preparations of our national teams, with the help of sponsors and a part of institutions, to which we are very grateful. However, considering the huge costs required for appearances at the EP and WC, we simply cannot close the financial gap,” the statement reads.
“We knocked on many doors, asked for support, but mostly encountered negative answers, often being ignored. This particularly applies to state, entity and local authorities.”
Bosnia and Herzegovina is set to play in Group B in EuroBasket against Lithuania, France, Slovenia, Hungary, and Germany. Bosnia has also secured its place in the 2022 FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup.
“Everything has already been tried, no additional options are left on the table. Therefore, we appeal to potential sponsors, especially state, entity and municipal institutions, to help us,” the announcement reads.