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Dynamo BC Forfeits Basketball Africa League Game Over 'Visit Rwanda' Logo Dispute

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Prince Jean

Mar 10, 2024

 Basketball Africa

Dynamo refused to play by showing the 'Visit Rwanda' Logo

Burundi's Dynamo BC basketball team recently forfeited their Basketball Africa League (BAL) game against FUS Rabat after refusing to display the 'Visit Rwanda' logo on their jerseys. The team had initially covered the logo with black tape during their opening game against Cape Town Tigers, citing political tensions between Burundi and Rwanda.

The BAL, which is organized by the NBA and FIBA, has had a partnership with the Rwanda development board since the tournament's inaugural 2021 season. Tensions between the two countries escalated in January when Burundi closed the border between the landlocked central-eastern African countries, drawing anger from Rwanda.

Dynamo BC's decision to forfeit their game against FUS Rabat has sparked controversy and debate about the intersection of sports, politics, and sponsorship. The team's actions highlight the complex relationship between the two countries and the potential implications of political disputes on international sporting events.

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