MIES (Switzerland) – Bahamas, Bahrain, Cameroon, Croatia, and Poland are celebrating success at the FIBA Olympic Pre-Qualifying Tournaments 2023.
All five countries remain on the Road to Paris 2024 and will take their place at the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournaments next year after punching their respective tickets.
Bahamas celebrated a memorable triumph at the FIBA Olympic Pre-Qualifying Tournament in La Banda, Argentina. They finished in top place by overcoming Argentina with an 82-75 win in the Final to collect the ticket available for the FIBA Americas region. Eric Gordon was fantastic for Bahamas once again with 27 points and 6 made three-pointers.
Bahrain advanced after posting a flawless campaign at the FIBA Olympic Pre-Qualifying Tournament in Damascus, Syria. Led by some excellent displays by team leader Mustafa Rashed, they took the ticket allocated to the FIBA Asia region.
Cameroon were victorious at the FIBA Olympic Pre-Qualifying Tournament in Lagos, Nigeria. They beat Senegal 80-74 in the decisive game thanks to a game-high 19 points from Samir Gbetkom and 14 assists from Jeremiah Hill as they took the place on offer for the FIBA Africa region.
Meanwhile in Europe, there were two spaces on offer via the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournaments in Gliwice/Tallinn, Poland-Estonia who co-hosted, as well as in Istanbul, Turkiye.
In Gliwice, there was joy for Poland in front of their own fans as they beat Bosnia and Herzegovina 76-72 in an exciting Final. It was Aleksander Balcerowski who shone most brightly throughout, serving up a typically influential display in the showpiece game.
In Istanbul, Croatia won the Final against hosts Turkiye 84-71 with Dario Saric being an inspiring leader for his national team. His 22 points and 11 rebounds provided the foundation for Croatia to land the coveted OQT ticket.
For more information on the Road to Paris 2024 and qualification to the Olympic Games click here.