Important advice on the World Wheelchair Under 23 Men’s Championships in Adana, Turkey

Important advice on the World Wheelchair Under 23 Men’s Championships in Adana, Turkey

The Under 23 Men’s Wheelchair team is currently scheduled to travel to Turkey next week to participate in the IWBF Championships in Adana – located approximately 180km from Aleppo, Syria, where the security situation has been escalating in recent days.

Basketball Australia has been in regular communication with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) regarding security and safety issues in Adana, with current DFAT advice specifically covering the area being “Exercise a High Degree of Caution.”

DFAT has advised Basketball Australia that the situation is volatile and may change over the coming days.

Basketball Australia is also aware that the United States’ Men’s team is not attending the tournament in Adana. However, neither BA nor DFAT have been able to determine if this decision is related to concerns about security.

At this stage, Basketball Australia is still planning to send the U23 Men’s Wheelchair basketball team to the IWBF Championships. However, BA’s decision to send the team is subject to review as we monitor the situation and receive information and advice from DFAT.

Players, coaches and team officials have been advised that there remains a possibility that circumstances may worsen in and around Syria, and that Basketball Australia may need to make decisions at any point during the pre-tournament period, or during the tournament itself, to ensure the safety of our travelling party.

Basketball Australia understands that there may be some players or officials who decide that they do not wish to travel to this region at this time. Those players and officials who decide not to travel to Adana due to security concerns can be assured that their eligibility for future national team selection will not be affected in any way.

Basketball Australia will continue to work to assist the team as best possible, to ensure that their participation is as smooth and as safe as possible, and of course, as successful as possible.

Basketball Australia will keep players, officials and fans updated.

DFAT’s travel advice on Turkey can be found here. Travellers and non-travellers alike can register to receive updates from DFAT here.