The chairman of the British Basketball Federation Maurice Watkins announced today he is stepping down from the voluntary role.
Solicitor Mr Watkins, CBE, was asked to take on the chairmanship over two years ago and he has overseen significant achievements including the elite GB women’s squad coming close to Olympic qualification and creating positive international relationships.
Mr Watkins said: “It is with some sadness I have taken this decision, but I have my own health issues to deal with now.
“The BBF board has been told of my decision and I would like to thank those who have been supportive to me over the last two years. During that time, there has been no executive management and those volunteers have carried a heavy load because of their love of basketball.
“The BBF faces some significant challenges, not just over lack of funding. What is needed is a constructive and collaborative approach by everyone involved in elite basketball across the UK to move forward with a positive joint strategy. This is vital to secure funding for the Paris 2024 Olympics.
“I had hoped to stay to overcome these issues, but that is now not possible.“