Basketball’s world governing body FIBA has launched an investigation after a fight broke out among Mali players at the Women’s World Cup in Australia.
One member of the team attacked a team-mate in the mixed zone, where reporters interview players, after their 81-68 defeat by Serbia on Monday.
The result saw Mali eliminated from the tournament after their fourth defeat.
As others tried to break up the fight, the incident was caught on camera by Serbian television.
Fiba said in a statement: “Following the incident, Fiba has opened an investigation. Once the investigation is concluded, Fiba will decide on any applicable disciplinary measures.”
Serbia’s Sasa Cado, who was being interviewed at the time, looked visibly shocked, taking a step back as Salimatou Kourouma threw at least three punches at Kamite Elisabeth Dabou.
The tournament in Sydney has been hugely frustrating for the Malians, who are one of two sides at the 12-team finals that are yet to win a game, following previous losses against Japan, hosts Australia, and France.
Mali are only playing in the tournament after African champions Nigeria, who beat their fellow West Africans in last year’s Women’s Afrobasket, were withdrawn from the tournament by their government owing to issues in Nigerian basketball.
Writing by Tersoo Nicholas, Editing by Omotola Oguneye