Portland Trailblazers player, Al-Farouq Aminu, said he withdrew from the trip to Rio due to unresolved challenges with the Nigeria Basketball Federation.
The player’s official statement from the media department of his club Portland Trailblazers on Monday explained the reason for the player’s withdrawal.
The statement said, “Due to continued and unresolved organisational challenges with the Nigerian Basketball Federation, I’m withdrawing from participation in the 2016 Olympic Games. I wish the Nigerian players, coaches and staff great success in the Olympics and hope to participate in future opportunities with the national team.”
Aminu played for the Nigerian national team at the London 2012 Olympics. The player joins teammate Festus Ezeli, who is also not playing with the Nigerian team in the Olympics, due to disputes over insurance for his NBA contract.