COTONOU - In a follow-up to the Republic of Benin's government's decision to revive sports in the country, basketball is among the four sports that have been chosen to be uplifted.
Alex Abdul Wassiou Paraiso, President of the Benin Basketball Federation (FBBB), confirmed to FIBA.com that basketball, football, handball and volleyball have been chosen to witness a revival.
Further to the promise of the government, the country's sports minister, Oswald Homeky - who attended the first leg of the FIBA AfroBasket 2017 Zone 3 Qualifiers - stated that: "the government is serious about paying stronger attention to sports."
Paraisso highlighted the important aspects of this development program.
"The plan of the government to help develop sports especially basketball will see the training of coaches from the grassroots. In turn they will teach others to also acquire the knowledge," he revealed.
To ensure the success of this program, the government will pay a salary to the men's and women's national teams’ coaches.
"With the government paying the national team coaches, it will help basketball to save funds that will be invested back into the federation for other things to be done," Paraiso explained.
While not satisfied by his country's performance, Paraiso maintained that taking part in the FIBA AfroBasket 2017 Qualifiers was not a waste.
"As a federation, we have learnt. Our players and coaches have also learnt from the experience. We will continue doing our best to improve our game and make the best use of what government is offering in terms of assistance," he concluded.