FIBA postpones Olympic qualifiers for one year on rejigged calendar

World basketball The governing body has postponed for a year the men's Olympic qualifiers, the European Championship and the American Championship COVID-19 pandemic , FIBA he said Thursday.

FIBA were forced to rearrange their calendar after the Olympics, originally due to take place from July 24 to Aug. 9 this year, were pushed back a year to 2021.

The Olympic qualifiers, due to run from June 23 to 28 this year, have now been scheduled for a period from June 22 to July 4 of next year, and specific dates have not yet been determined pending of the approval of the International Olympic Committee.

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The men's European Championship (EuroBasket) and the American Championship (AmeriCup), both originally scheduled for next year, will now be held in 2022 in a period from September 1 to 18.

The women's AmeriCup will take place from June 20 to 27 next year, before the Olympics. The women's EuroBasket will take place between June 17 and 27, 2021.

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Women's Olympic basketball qualifying was completed in February when Belgium, Canada, Australia, France, Puerto Rico, Nigeria, Serbia, China, Spain and South Korea joined hosts Japan and world champions United States in the 12-team tournament.

Eight teams have already punched their tickets for the men's tournament. Hosts Japan were joined by United States, Nigeria, Argentina, Iran, France, Australia and world champions Spain on the basis of their 2019 World Cup placements.

The remaining four places will be won in four qualifying tournaments with 24 nations, and only the winners of each tournament will be able to ensure their passage to the games.

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