Tall Blacks welcome tough basketball World Cup draw

17 March, 2019, 08:15 | Author: Suzanne Horton
  • Retired NBA player Kobe Bryant and former Chinese basketball player Yao Ming attend the draw. Reuters

For Canada to qualify directly to the Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020 via the FIBA Basketball World Cup they must finish as one of the top two teams from the Americas zone.

Although that set the standard for USA Basketball, the program began to fall behind other countries.

The 32 teams, which qualified for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019, were drawn in eight pots of four teams each, based on the latest FIBA World Ranking for Men after the last window of qualifiers played in February.

The 2019 Fiba World Cup draw was held Saturday night at Shenzhen Cultural Center in Shenzhen, China.

A United States team packed with NBA stars will begin its bid for an unprecedented third Basketball World Cup title in a row with a clash against debutants the Czech Republic.

"I think a lot of teams can pretend to be able to go all the way to the final", said Diaw, who spent 14 years in the National Basketball Association. It was known Friday, a day before the draw, that Turkey had to be in the same group as the Americans because of the way that other teams from the Americas were placed into pods.

Hosts, China, are in Pot 1 alongside the top three teams in the world: USA, Spain and France. The group will be played in Dongguan.


Every team in the 2nd round plays two games against the two team in their group they did not play against in the first round and the top two teams from there will secure a spot in the Quarter-Finals.

Greece topped a super-group including Serbia and Germany in the World Cup qualifiers. Third-ranked France drew the Dominican Republic, Germany and Jordan as its early opponents. Bryant said he expects competition to be stiff, even for the Americans.

At stake for teams in the World Cup: The Naismith Trophy, which longtime National Basketball Association star Kobe Bryant brought onto the stage Saturday and handed to Yao for safekeeping, as well as a berth in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

"It's a real sense of honour to be playing for your country".

Group D games will be staged at Foshan International Sports and Cultural Center in Foshan, China.

Group C: Spain, Puerto Rico, Iran and Tunisia.

Host China is in Group A along with Ivory Coast, Poland and Venezuela while Russia, Argentina, South Korea and Nigeria compose Group B. Second-round games will be played from Sept. 6-9, quarterfinal matchups are on Sept. 10-11, the semifinals are on Sept. 13 and the championship game is in Beijing on Sept. 15.

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