None of that noise

FIBA, having presumably watched the World Cup coverage earlier this year, has already moved to eliminate one potential source of bother:

FIBA has banned the vuvuzela from the forthcoming basketball World Championship in Turkey.

The sport’s international governing body is urging fans not to bring the controversial instruments to games and warned that security staff will confiscate them. Supporters also face expulsion from the tournament’s five venues if they flout the ban.

However bad the Horrible Horns were at the football matches, they would be infinitely worse for basketball:

Patrick Baumann, the Secretary-General of FIBA and a member of the International Olympic Committee, said: “We want fans to enjoy themselves and make lots of noise but not at the risk of spoiling it for others.

“The vuvuzela is simply not appropriate in a confined space such as a basketball arena. It’s a very loud instrument and some medical experts believe the decibel level and frequency can be harmful to hearing.

“Besides our responsibility to protect the well-being of our athletes and fans alike, the sound level in an indoor sport arena could create communication problems between the referees and that could have a direct negative impact on the game.”

Regular visitors to OKC’s Loud City commented: “Huh? Wha’d he say?


  1. KingShamus »

    2 August 2010 · 7:50 pm

    So what you’re saying is that everything even remotely connected with soccer is annoying and horrible?

  2. CGHill »

    2 August 2010 · 8:01 pm

    Just the one thing: the plastic horn.

    There are a few unruly fans out there, although I suspect they weren’t so before they started drinking. Hardly the fault of the game.

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