FIBA WOMEN’S OLYMPIC QUALIFIER TOURNAMENTS UNDERWAY
Four women’s basketball tournaments are being held simultaneously around the world to determine the final 10 teams that will compete at the Paris 2024 Olympics this July.
Belgium, Hungary, China and Brazil are hosting the tournaments from February 8-11 with 14 of the 16 teams vying for a ticket to the Olympics in France
The FIBA Women’s Olympic Qualifier Tournaments began today across four different cities with the majority of the first games of each bracket now complete.
The four tournaments are being held in Belem, Brazil, Antwerp, Belgium, Xi’an, China, and Sopron, Hungary. Each city has welcomed four teams that will compete in a round-robin format to determine which countries qualify to Paris 2024.
The United States and France have each already qualified for the Olympics as the 2022 Women’s World Cup champions and Olympic Host Nation, respectively. The remaining 14 teams are battling for the final 10 Olympic quotas to compete at Paris 2024 this July and August.
United States, Belgium, Nigeria, Senegal
Canada, Japan, Spain, Hungary
Brazil, Germany, Serbia, Australia
France, China, New Zealand, Puerto Rico
In the tournaments underway in Belgium and Hungary, the top two teams other than the United States and France will book their tickets to Paris. In the tournaments being held in Brazil and China, the top three teams will earn the chance to compete in the French capital.
As the first day of action continues to unfold across the globe, Canada has secured the first victory for the Americas at the tournament. Team Canada defeated the tournament hosts Hungary by a score of 67-55, led by Kayla Alexander with 15 points and 13 rebounds. Canada returns to the court tomorrow to take on Spain at 15:30 (local time – Hungary), with their final game scheduled for February 11 against Japan at 15:00 local time.
Puerto Rico fell to France in their first game by a score of 88-40, showing the strength of the Olympic host’s team. In the same tournament, China defeated New Zealand 94-47 to take an early lead in the standings. Puerto Rico will take on New Zealand on February 10 at 19:00 (local time – China) before their final game against China on February 11, also at 19:00 local time.
Brazil’s first match comes tonight at 20:00 (local time – Brazil) against Australia. Serbia and Germany round out the tournament that Brazil is hosting on its home soil, with Brazil’s matches against the two teams coming on February 10 at 20:00 (local) and February 11 at 20:00 (local), respectively.
With Olympic qualification already secured for Team USA, the United States is using the tournament to provide international competition experience for several players in a tune-up to the Olympics. Their fist game today resulted in a thrilling 81-79 win against Belgium, and now the team sets its sights on Nigeria for their game on February 9 at 18:15 (local time – Belgium). The U.S. women’s team will close out the tournament with a game against Senegal on February 11 at 19:15 local time.
Panam Sports wishes all teams of the Americas success as they seek qualification to the Paris 2024 Olympic Games!