CONFIRMATION: Groups revealed for Tokyo 2020 Olympics Basketball Tournaments; USA Women in Group B, USA Men headline Group A
MIES, Switzerland – The USA Olympic Basketball teams learned their draw for the Tokyo 2020 Games today at FIBA headquarters, the Patrick Baumann House of Basketball.
Twenty-four top teams from across the globe, 12 men and 12 women, will go for gold at the Olympics, starting July 25 in Tokyo.
The 12 teams qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Women’s Basketball Tournament in February last year through the four FIBA Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournaments, which had 16 teams take part in Belgium, France and Serbia.
In Group B, the Americans are joined by Nigeria, host Japan and France.
Group A: South Korea, Serbia, Canada and Spain.
Group C: Australia, Puerto Rico, China and Belgium.
Olympic Men’s Tournament
Eight teams at the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Men’s Basketball Tournament. Teams designated as OQT winner will be those qualifying through the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournaments in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada; Kaunas Lithuania and Belgrade, Serbia from June 29 to July 4, 2021.
These four FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournaments were postponed last year due to the coronavirus pandemic. The winners of each OQT have been drawn into the Olympic Basketball Tournament’s four vacant positions.
As it stands today, the Americans headline Group A with Iran, France and a national team to be determined through qualifiers.
Group B: Australia, Nigeria and two national teams to be determined.
Group C: Argentina, host Japan, Spain and a national team to be determined.
The order and times of the Group Phase games will be announced at a later date.
FIBA Secretary General, Andreas Zagklis, said:
“We are looking forward to enjoying the world’s best basketball players performing this coming July in the capital of Japan. FIBA is confident for the smooth delivery of the Olympic Basketball Tournaments based on the close partnership with the IOC and the TOCOG as well as on its own, proven operational capacity during the last seven months. Last October and November FIBA and its Regional Offices managed to have no less than 114 men’s and women’s national teams travel internationally and play safely in bio-secure hubs, performing approximately 12,000 PCR tests.”
In both tournaments, a new competition system has been put in place for Tokyo. The Group Phase will consist of three groups of four teams each. The teams placed first and second in each group, and the two best third-placed teams in the Group Phase qualify for the Final Phase.
These changes were made to the competition system to bring additional interest to every game of the Group Phase and reduce player workload. To capture Olympic gold, a team has to play six games, instead of eight games, as was the case at past Olympic tournaments.
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