MANILA, Philippines — Fiba has confirmed the 19 national teams that took advantage of the World Cup to make their way to the last-chance qualifying tournaments for next summer’s Paris Olympics.
In Europe, these nine nations – Latvia, Lithuania, Slovenia, Italy, Spain, Montenegro, Greece, Georgia and Finland – advanced to the qualifying tournament.
Puerto Rico, Brazil, the Dominican Republic and Mexico left the Americas region.
Egypt, Angola and Ivory Coast will leave Africa, while from Asia and Oceania the advanced teams will be Lebanon, Philippines and New Zealand.
They will join five winners of the pre-qualifying tournaments – Cameroon, Bahamas, Bahrain, Poland and Croatia – in their last chance to compete at the Olympics.
The tournaments are currently scheduled for July 2-7, 2024. The application process to become host sites, as well as the allocation of these sites, is not complete.
The 24 nations still alive will be drawn into one of four tournaments made up of six teams each. The four winners of these tournaments will advance to the Paris Olympics, where they will join world champions France, Germany, Serbia, Canada, the United States, Australia, Japan and South Sudan in the Olympic peloton.
The World Cup is the main qualifier for the Olympics. France secured its bid as host country and the other seven teams already assured managed to qualify for the World Cup.
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