MIES, Switzerland (2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournaments for Men and Women) – Twelve countries from three continents have expressed interest in hosting the four FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournaments for Men and Women that will take place in June-July 2016.
France and Spain are the candidates to host the 12-team Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament (WOQT) running from 13-19 June, which has five places on offer for the Women’s Olympic Basketball Tournament at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
The 12 teams that qualified for the WOQT through the women’s continental championships are: Argentina, Belarus, Cameroon, China, Cuba, France, Korea, New Zealand, Nigeria, Spain, Turkey and Venezuela.
On the men’s side, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Iran, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Philippines, Serbia and Turkey are in the running to hold the three 6-team Olympic Qualifying Tournaments (OQTs) that will run over the course of six days during the week of 4-10 July. The winning team at each of the three events will qualify for the Men’s Olympic Basketball Tournament.
The 15 teams that have already qualified for the three OQTs through the men’s continental championships are: Angola, Canada, Czech Republic, France, Greece, Iran, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Senegal, Serbia and Tunisia.
Three more will join them, depending on the selection of the hosts of the tournaments. If any of Czech Republic, Greece, Iran, Italy, Mexico, Philippines or Serbia are granted the hosting duties for an OQT, then the best non-qualified teams from the respective continent will be asked to express their interest in participating in the OQTs. Germany, Israel and Turkey can only participate in next year’s Olympic qualifiers if they are granted the right to host one of the tournaments……