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SYDNEY: The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) opened an investigation on Tuesday after two Malian players were filmed fighting after their team was eliminated from the Women’s World Cup.
The incident came after Mali lost 81-68 to Serbia in their Group B clash in Sydney on Monday – their fourth consecutive defeat in the tournament.
The fight between Salimatou Kourouma and Kamite Elisabeth Dabou broke out as a Serb Sasa Cado was interrogated in the mixed zone.

Kourouma was seen throwing punches at Dabou before other Malian players rushed in to break up the pair in front of a visibly shocked Cado.
“FIBA today acknowledged that there was an altercation between the Malian players in the mixed zone following the Serbia-Mali Group B match at FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2022,” FIBA ​​said in a statement.
“Following the incident, FIBA ​​has opened an investigation. Once the investigation is completed, FIBA ​​will decide on any applicable disciplinary measures.”
Mali are bottom of Group B with four points from four games and end their campaign against Canada later on Tuesday.
They qualified for the tournament after African champions Nigeria withdrew due to sport-related administrative difficulties in their country.
Seven teams qualified for the knockout stage, with South Korea and Puerto Rico vying for the last spot.
The United States, China and Belgium qualified from Group A, while Canada, France, Australia and Serbia qualified from Group B.

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