The national teams that will compete in the qualification for the Olympic Games in Paris will be divided into four tournaments and will be played from July 2 to July 7, 2024.
Next Monday, November 27, the draw for the Olympic qualifiers will take place. The draw will take place at the Patrick Baumann House of Basketball in Mies, Switzerland, starting at 6:00 in the afternoon. The Croatian national basketball team will also participate in the draw. There will be 24 teams in the draw, and they are divided into six strong groups.
The Croatian basketball team is in its fifth “drum”. The national teams of the Ivory Coast, Angola, and the Philippines are with Croatia. Spain, Latvia, Lithuania, and Slovenia are in the strongest drumbeat. The teams will be divided into four different tournaments. The tournaments will take place from July 2nd to July 7th, 2024.
At each tournament, six national teams will participate. Each national team will be divided into two groups, and the two best national teams from each group will enter the tournament semi-finals. Only the winners of the tournament will make it to the Olympic Games, which are held in Paris next year.
A maximum of three European teams, a maximum of one representative team from Asia and Oceania, and a maximum of one from Africa can participate in each tournament. We will find out the hosts of the tournament the same day after the session of the FIBA Executive Board. The tournaments are supposed to be held in Spain, Greece, Latvia, and Puerto Rico.
The Olympic Games in Paris will take place from 26 July to 11 August 2024. At the basketball tournament, the national teams of France, the USA, Canada, Australia, South Sudan, Japan, Serbia, and Germany took part.
FIRST DRUM: Spain, Latvia, Lithuania, SloveniaGROUPS OF THE DRAW FOR THE OLYMPIC GAMES QUALIFICATIONS
SECOND DRUM: Brazil, Italy, Greece, Poland
THIRD DRUM: Puerto Rico, Montenegro, Dominican Republic, Finland
FOURTH DRUM: New Zealand, Georgia, Mexico, Lebanon
FIFTH DRUM: CROATIA, Ivory Coast, Angola, Philippines
SIXTH DRUM: Egypt, Bahamas, Cameroon, Bahrain
Croatia has shown that it has not fallen to the lowest “branches” yet and that it can play its role in every tournament. The real question is how big a role can the coach Josip Sesar take on? How much can Croatia do in the upcoming Olympic qualification tournament? Is that game in the pre-qualifications enough for Croatia to compete against teams like Spain, Italy or Greece?
The tournament will show Croatia’s strength. During this time, coach Sesar must analyze each opponent well and come up with tactics for the tournament. Nevertheless, this is a higher level of basketball that will be played at this kind of tournament. Good luck to the selectors and to Croatia in the draw and the tournament itself.
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