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Australia 'categorically deny' deliberate FIBA World Cup loss

Basketball Australia have 'categorically rejected' claims they deliberately lost a game against Angola at the FIBA Basketball World Cup.

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The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) announced on Monday that Australia were being investigated following their 91-83 Group D defeat to Angola last Thursday, for which Joe Ingles and Aron Baynes were rested.

That result ensured Australia would not be able to face the United States, reigning world champions and tournament favourites, until at least the semi-finals.

Australia subsequently exited the tournament at the hands of Turkey in the last-16, but FIBA duly launched an investigation, highlighting "the manner in which the team lost its last Group D game against Angola, 91-83, in Gran Canaria last Thursday."

In a strongly-worded statement on Tuesday, Basketball Australia expressed their disappointment at "insulting" claims of wrongdoing.

It read: "Basketball Australia categorically rejects any suggestion that the Australian Boomers were a party to contriving the result of the 2014 FIBA World Cup game between Australia and Angola.

"The Australian Boomers went into the game against Angola to win " plain and simple.

"Claims to the contrary are widely speculative, insulting to the Australian sporting culture and to our playing group who gave their very best throughout this tournament. They're downright wrong.

"Basketball Australia has put a strong and detailed case to FIBA outlining why the decision was made to rest injured players and restrict playing time for fatigued players during the last game day of Group D.

"That decision was supported by clear and definitive medical advice. The health and wellbeing of our players is paramount. The World Cup group stage schedule of five games in six days is, put simply, gruelling.

"It takes a significant toll on athletes " and is precisely the reason why FIBA allows a roster of 12 active players.

"Basketball Australia will cooperate fully with FIBA"s investigation."

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