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Malian Basketballers Apologize for Brawl

Two basketball players from Mali have apologized for fighting in the mixed zone following the team’s 81-68 defeat against Serbia at the Women’s World Cup. The incident between Salimatou Kourouma and Kamite Elisabeth Dabou took place on Monday after Mali’s fourth-straight defeat at the tournament in Sydney, Australia, and footage of the fight was widely circulated on social media. FIBA, basketball’s international governing body, said it has opened an investigation into the incident to decide on any disciplinary actions. In the footage, Kourouma can be seen throwing punches at Dabou before other Mali players intervene to try and separate the two players. CNN Sport has contacted Mali’s basketball federation for further comment on the incident. Mali exited the World Cup after losing every game in Group B, which included going down 88-65 against Canada on Tuesday. The Women’s World Cup resumes with the quarterfinals on Thursday and concludes with the final on Saturday.