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Kaunas to Host the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament

We’re thrilled with the news and can assure you the tournament will take place in Žalgirio arena.

The FIBA Executive Committee decided on Friday the hosts of both the men's and women's Olympic Qualifying Tournaments, set to take place next year. 

The National Federations of Canada (Victoria), Croatia (Split), Lithuania (Kaunas) and Serbia (Belgrade) have been awarded the hosting rights of the four FIBA Men's Olympic Qualifying Tournaments, from June 23 to 28, 2020.

 Can’t wait to see our National team compete and hopefully win the ticket to Tokyo 2020! It has just been announced that our team’s new head coach is Darius Maskoliūnas, currently the assistant coach of BC Žalgiris Kaunas.

The National Federations of Belgium (Ostend), China (Foshan), France (Bourges) and Serbia (Belgrade) have been awarded the hosting rights of the four FIBA Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournaments, from February 6 to 9, 2020.

Hosting rights for the FIBA Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournaments have been awarded to China under the condition that they qualify from the FIBA Women's Olympic Pre-Qualifying Tournament, currently being played in New Zealand. If China do not qualify, the Executive Committee will evaluate other candidatures.  

The road to Tokyo for the men will see 24 teams compete in four qualifying tournaments of six teams each, with seven teams qualified directly from the recent FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019.

For the women, 16 teams will be split into four groups, who will then battle for spots at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The list of teams participating in the FIBA Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournaments will be confirmed at the conclusion of the FIBA Women's Olympic Pre-Qualifying Tournaments on Sunday evening. 

The official Draw Ceremony for both the men's and women's FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournaments will take place at the Patrick Baumann House of Basketball, FIBA headquarters, on November 27, 2019. 

Original article by FIBA
Photo by A. Aleksandravičius

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