FIBA Announces Draw of Olympic Pre-Qualifying Tournaments


Forty countries from every corner of the globe will participate in the FIBA Olympics Pre-Qualifying Tournaments, hoping to earn a berth in the Olympic Qualifying Tournaments and, ultimately, the Olympic Games. While we are still waiting for the definitive FIBA World Cup 2023 betting odds, here’s some FIBA-related news you should not miss.

Setting the Pre-Qualifying Tournaments

The 5 FIBA Olympic Pre-Qualifying Tournaments are scheduled to take place on August 12-20, 2023, with the winners advancing to the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournaments in July 2024. The host nations for these tournaments were announced just hours before the 2023 FIBA World Cup Draw.

If a nation were to win a Pre-Qualifying Tournament, they would be invited to compete in one of the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournaments the following year, with the victors of those tournaments earning a berth in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Paris. Here are some of the venues hosting tournaments:

  • Africa – Lagos, Nigeria (Group Phase and Final Phase)
  • Americas – Argentina (Group Phase and Final Phase)
  • Europe – Istanbul, Turkey (Group Phase and Final Phase); Poland and Estonia (Group Phase and Final Phase
  • Asia – TBA

According to the official announcement, each pool’s teams will be split into two divisions and given a unique competition number. The European teams have been divided into eight groups according to their position in the Nike/FIBA Men’s World Ranking.

In order to determine the final five teams that will participate in the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournaments next summer, competitions will be staged in Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe in August.

There will be as many qualifying spots available from two European competitions. The 3 remaining tickets are dispersed fairly among the remaining geographic regions of the continent. On Monday, the FIBA drew the lots for the 40 national teams that will compete in the Olympic Qualification Tournaments.

Participating Teams and Draw

A press statement indicated that the first steps toward Paris 2024 have been mapped out for each of the 40 nations taking part.

The FIBA Olympic Pre-Qualifying Tournaments will be held in June and July of next year, giving countries who did not qualify for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 a chance to compete for a seat in the Paris 2024 Olympics.

The FIBA Olympic Qualification Tournaments will be held in designated host countries from August 12-20, 2016. Tournaments were seeded using a system based on the men’s FIBA world rankings that were supplied by Nike. Here’s how the lottery turned out:

Africa (Lagos, Nigeria)

Group A – SEN, MLI, UGA, NGR

Group B – COD, CMR, GUI, TUN

Americas (Argentina)

Group A – CUB, ARG, PAN, BAH

Group B – URU, ISV, CHI, COL

Asia (TBA)

Group A – TPE, KOR, IND, BRN

Group B – KAZ, KSA, INA, SYR

Europe (Istanbul, Turkey; Poland and Estonia)

Group A – CZE, MKD, ISA, EST

Group B – POR, POL, HUN, BIH

Group C – TUR, UKR, BUL, ISL

Group D – NED, CRO, BEL, SWE

Team Asia

Group A consists of the countries of Chinese Taipei, India, and Bahrain, with South Korea (ranked 38th) as the top team.

There will be 12 teams competing in the 2024 Paris men’s basketball tournament. Seven of these teams will have their destinies decided at the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023, which the Philippines, Japan, and Indonesia will host in August and September of this year.

The last four berths will be decided by the FIBA’s two-stage Olympic qualifying competitions. The first pre-qualifying stage will be contested on a continental basis next year, while the second stage will be a worldwide tournament.

Final thoughts

There are a total of 40 teams from 28 different countries that were not qualified for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 qualifiers. The rest of the 12 teams in the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 qualifiers reflect the top 12 ranked countries that did not move on to the second round of qualifying.

From the 40 teams that participated in the preliminary Olympic qualification games, five teams will proceed to the 2024 final qualifying event; two from Europe, and one each from the Americas, Africa, and Asia. Make sure to stay tuned at CasinoSingapore for all the updates on the fiba world cup 2023 betting odds, news, and more.