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Olympics 2020: Croatia to face Brazil, Tunisia in basketball qualifying tournament

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MIES, 27 November 2019 – The draw for the men’s Olympic basketball qualifying tournaments has taken place this afternoon at the Patrick Baumann House of Basketball, FIBA headquarters, in Switzerland. 

The road to Tokyo will see 24 teams compete in four Qualifying Tournaments of six teams each from June 23 to 28, 2020 in Canada (Victoria), Croatia (Split), Lithuania (Kaunas) and Serbia (Belgrade).

The four remaining places in the 12-team Tokyo 2020 Olympic field are reserved for the winners of each of the four tournaments.

Each tournament will host two groups of three teams, Group A and Group B. Croatia will play in Split and has been drawn with Brazil and Tunisia in Group B. Germany, Russia and Mexico are in Group A in Split.

The top two teams from Group A and B will meet in the semi-finals with the two winners playing the final to determine the tournament winner.

The FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournaments include the 16 best-placed non-qualified teams from the FIBA Basketball World Cup and two highest-ranked countries per region. Croatia, who won their place in the tournament thanks to their world ranking of no.14, should be able to rely on all seven of their NBA stars for the tournament.

Split (Photo: Spencer Davis)

Teams who have already qualified for the 2020 Olympics are; Argentina, Australia, France, Iran, Japan, Nigeria, Spain and the United States. Croatia qualified for their last Olympic Games appearances via qualifying tournaments.

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