Monday, August 2nd, 2010 at 10:30 am  |  16 responses

Vuvuzelas Banned from FIBA World Championships

The buzzing noise that we couldn’t escape during the World Cup won’t be around during the FIBA tourney: “FIBA has announced that it is to ban the vuvuzela from the forthcoming basketball World Championship in Turkey because of health concerns. 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. FIBA is the first international sport federation to officially ban the vuvuzela from all of its events. The ban will also include pressure horns that can produce similar decibel levels and harm people’s health. The noise made by the horns was a major talking point at the football World Cup in South Africa with opinion divided over the effect they had on the atmosphere during games. 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.”’

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  • tom

    excellent decision.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ Matt Lawyue

    A resounding, yes!

  • http://www.twitter.com/gerardhimself Gerard Himself

    this is the best news since MJ announced he was coming back in ’95.

  • ConeyIslander

    Thank heavens!

  • hoodsnake

    They still blow them down the street. Its an African thing:-)

  • LOAF

    thank god, i hate those things!

  • Stillballin

    What’s vuvuzelas?? I gotta google it..

  • anony mous


  • http://www,myczechrepublic.com SAB

    Stillballin – if you didn’t get it from the report, i’m not sure google will help you as illiteracy is your enemy here…
    ConeyIslander and LOAF had cleaner versions of my sentiments – thank f**k

  • http://chugachugachugachuchu.blogspot.com/ BETCATS

    Funny story, i just preordered Vuvuzela Hero from gamestop. Lol.

  • Cool Dude

    I tried to enjoy my vuvuzela concert in Africa, but a bunch of pricks kept playing football.

  • http://www.stonesthrow.com Michael NZ

    Great decision. Russ is disappointed though.

  • total scrotal implosion

    Probably the right decision, theyre not meant for indoor events

  • http://www.yougotdunkedon.com LilKDub503

    Haha, not meant for indoor events. You mean any event. I was trying to figure out what key the concerto was in South Africa last month, but I couldn’t tell because of all the British commentators.

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    Vuvezela to world in 2014 – I’m back.

  • http://wheretobuyvuvuzelas.blogspot.com/ john K moss

    “The ban will also include pressure horns that can produce similar decibel levels and harm people’s health.”
    So its not just the Vuvuzela that is being banned, but any type of horn, even those that are used at motor sports events.
    Phew! Thats alright then.
    I cant live if living is without my Vuvuzela!