Vuvuzelas Banned at World Basketball Championships

The horns called Vuvuzelas that rose to fame (or is it notoriety?) at the South Africa World Cup will be silenced at the world basketball championships.

The basketball’s governing body announced on Monday that the ear-splitting horns will be banned from the tournament because when used indoors, Vuvuzelas can damage the hearing and make it difficult for referees, players and tournament officials to communicate on the court.

FIBA secretary-general Patrick Baumann said in a statement that, “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.”

The world championships will begin on Aug. 28 in four cities in Turkey. FIBA issued a warning to fans that the instruments will be confiscated by security and the ban will be enforced at all of its indoor tournaments, such as the women’s world championships this year. Moreover, anyone bringing a vuvuzela to a FIBA venue risks expulsion.

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