BY ROMULUS HUTA
A high rank official from the regional basketball governing body will arrive in Honiara next week.
The official, David Crocker who is the Regional Director for Federation of International Basketball Association (FIBA) Oceania will be here to meet with members of the Solomon Islands Basketball Federation (SIBF) interim executive.
During the meeting, Crocker will help SIBF re-establish itself as a credible sporting organisation and also aid them to work on moving their development aspirations forward.
SIBF interim General Secretary Uriel Matanani told SunSPORTS yesterday that the planned visit by Crocker is crucial.
“During the visit, we will discuss important matters pertaining to moving basketball forward in Solomon Islands,” he said.
SunSPORTS understand that the national basketball governing body is currently operating under an interim committee since December last year upon a request by the FIBA Oceania.
This follows the ousting of former president Brian Pongotapu and his executive last November requesting them to step aside and let an interim committee take over or else face suspensions.
Over the past five months, FIBA Oceania has been working closely with the interim committee to revitalise SIBF.
According to Matanani, an election for the new SIBF office bearers will also be held during the one-day visit of the regional director.