FIBA holds Olympic Draw as part of Central Board in Rio

FIBA holds Olympic Draw as part of Central Board in Rio

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (FIBA), April 27, 2012: Olympic Draw, FIBA convenes its first Central Board of 2012 this weekend and the meeting will culminate with the draw for the Olympic Basketball Tournaments.

The attention will be on the 2012 London Games when the draw for the Olympic Basketball Tournaments for Men and Women takes place at 11:00 local time (16:00 CET) on Monday at the Auditorium of the Brazilian Olympic Committee. You can watch it live on fibatv.com.

So far nine men’s national teams (Argentina, Australia, Brazil, China, France, Great Britain, Spain, Tunisia and USA) and seven women’s national teams (Angola, Australia, Brazil, China, Great Britain, Russia and USA) have already qualified. The remaining eight places – three men’s and five women’s – will be determined through the Olympic Qualifying Tournaments taking place in Caracas, Venezuela and Ankara, Turkey in late June-early July. For more information, go to our Olympic Basketball Press kit (http://bit.ly/I3LyNl) which you can find in the Media Section (under the Olympic Basketball tab) of our Road to London website london2012.fiba.com.

The agenda of the Central Board will call for decisions on who will host the 2013 FIBA U19 World Championships. Additionally, updates will be given about the on-going preparations for the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain and the FIBA World Championship for Women in Turkey.

The Board will also be fully informed of FIBA’s 3×3 activities. The inaugural season of the FIBA 3×3 World Tour is only months away and the summer will also see the first-ever FIBA 3×3 World Cup (for Men and Women) in Athens, Greece and 3×3 U18 World Cup (for Boys and Girls) in Seville, Spain.

The system of competition for the period 2017-2030 will be another important topic. At its last meeting in December 2011, the Central Board gave the green light to look into ways to improve the system of competition. Since then, talks have taken place between FIBA and its stakeholders and the current state of affairs on the issue will be addressed in Rio. A decision is expected towards the end of the year.

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