Rio Olympics: Italy, Philippines, Serbia awarded by FIBA to host men’s basketball qualifiers

Rio Olympics: Italy, Philippines, Serbia awarded by FIBA to host men’s basketball qualifiers

The qualifiers set on July 4 to 10 will grant three wildcard entries for the men’s basketball tournament in the 2016 Olympic Games

FIBA granted the bids from Italy, Philippines, and Serbia to host the Olympic Qualifying Tournaments for Men on Tuesday in an announcement made through the basketball world governing body’s Twitter account.

The Italian bracket will have its games played at the Pala Alpitour in Turin. Games in the Philippines will be housed at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay in Metropolitan Manila, while the Kombank Arena in Belgrade will host the Serbian leg.

Countries which made unsuccessful bids for a spot in the final qualifier for the Olympics were Czech Republic, Germany, and Turkey.

The Philippines is set to host one of the three Olympic Qualifying Tournament brackets to determine the last entries for the 2016 Rio Olympics men's basketball tournament.The three teams’ selections as hosts also paved the way for three additional teams – Latvia, Croatia, and Lebanon – to enter as wildcard entries to complete the 18-team field.

The top team in each bracket will get one seat each in the Olympic Games from August 6 to 21.

Ten teams have already qualified, including FIBA Americas finalists Venezuela and Argentina; FIBA Oceania champion Australia; AfroBasket titlist Nigeria; EuroBasket finalists Spain and Lithuania; FIBA Asia champion China; 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup champion United States; and host nation Brazil.

Other teams set to compete in the seven-day tournament will be EuroBasket qualifiers France, Greece, and Czech Republic; FIBA Americas teams Canada, Mexico, and Puerto Rico; AfroBasket wildcards Angola, Tunisia, and Senegal; FIBA Asia competitors Iran and Japan; and FIBA Oceania runner-up New Zealand.

The other teams, excluding the host nations, will be drawn into groups of six teams each. The draw is set on January 26 at the FIBA headquarters in Mies, Switzerland.

Meanwhile, France was awarded the women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament, beating out Spain to host the 12-team wildcard to fill the final five spots.