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Basketball Africa League and the French Development Agency to advance education and inclusion in Africa

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Basketball Africa League and the French Development Agency to advance education and inclusion in Africa

The Basketball Africa League (BAL) (www.theBAL.com) and the French Development Agency (AFD), the French public development bank engaged in the financing and technical assistance of projects that improve the lives of populations in economies developing and emerging, AFD announced today as BAL’s official partner. BAL’s inaugural season kicks off on Sunday May 16 at the Kigali Arena in Kigali, Rwanda, with 12 teams from across Africa competing in the new professional league. The first BAL finals will take place on Sunday May 30.

Through this partnership, AFD will use basketball to advocate for social development across the African continent, with a focus on disadvantaged communities. The partnership aims to advance access to education, well-being and greater inclusion of girls and women in all aspects of society as part of AFD’s support for the Sustainable Development Goals ( SDGs) of the United Nations.

Together, AFD and BAL will promote Sport en Commun (www.SportenCommun.org/en/), a pan-African initiative set up by AFD aimed at using sport as a tool for economic and social development in Africa. Based in Dakar, Sport en Commun supports and finances sports projects having an impact on development and social cohesion in Africa. AFD and BAL will use this platform to highlight inspiring initiatives that bring skills and opportunities to young Africans.

“I am delighted with this partnership between the Basketball Africa League and the French Development Agency, which will help make sport a lever for sustainable development in Africa,” said Rémy Rioux, AFD’s CEO. “This pioneering league bears witness to the dynamic sporting environment of a continent undergoing rapid economic and social change, and ushered in a new era of cooperation, working together through sport to achieve the goals of sustainable development.”

“AFD’s experience in leading social projects, combined with the love and passion for basketball across the continent, will create a unique platform that will strengthen our conviction that sport has the power to transform lives, ”said BAL president Amadou Gallo Fall. “BAL is the latest milestone in our efforts to develop the game in Africa, with the ultimate goal of impacting communities far beyond the pitch. We will use this partnership to provide African youth with resources, skills and opportunities that they will use throughout their lives to influence positive social change for the continent.

Following the conclusion of the inaugural BAL season, BAL and its partners – including AFD – will organize an African Youth Summit in Dakar, Senegal, where young leaders and other stakeholders will discuss social challenges. economic and will collaborate on practical solutions to deal with them, in particular through initiatives linked to sport.

The champions of the national leagues of Angola, Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal and Tunisia have earned their participation in the inaugural season. The remaining six teams, which come from Algeria, Cameroon, Madagascar, Mali, Mozambique and Rwanda, secured their participation through BAL qualifying tournaments organized by the FIBA ​​Regional Office for the Africa across the continent at the end of 2019.

Further details on the BAL will be announced in the coming weeks.

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