FIBA has confirmed all five hosts for the 2019 FIBA Women’s Olympic Pre-Qualifying Tournament, taking place in November across three regions – Africa, Americas, and Asia-Oceania.
There are five tournaments in total, with Africa hosting one tournament and the Americas and Asia-Oceania hosting two tournaments each.
All tournaments will take place during the pre-qualifying window, which is between November 10 – 18, 2019.
Mozambique will host the FIBA Women’s Olympic Pre-Qualifying Tournament 2019 for Africa, and Malaysia and New Zealand will each host a tournament for Asia-Oceania.
Argentina and Canada will be the hosts of the FIBA Women’s Olympic Pre-Qualifying Tournaments 2019 for the Americas, announced during the recent FIBA Women’s AmeriCup 2019.
The newly developed Olympic pre-qualification tournaments will tip-off in November 2019 to qualify teams to the FIBA Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournaments 2020, and ultimately the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
22 National Teams will take part in the upcoming FIBA Women’s Pre-Qualifying Tournaments to qualify for one of the four global FIBA Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournaments 2020, taking place in February 2020.
For Africa, six teams will fight it out for two qualifying spots at the FIBA Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournaments 2020 in February next year.
For both the Americas and Asia-Oceania regions, eight teams will compete for four qualifying spots, per region.
The following teams will be competing in each region at the upcoming FIBA Women’s Olympic Pre-Qualifying Tournaments 2019 in November:
Africa – Mozambique
Democratic Republic of Congo
Group A – Canada
Group B – Argentina
Group A – New Zealand
Group B – Malaysia
In Europe, the top six teams from the 2019 FIBA Women’s EuroBasket have qualified directly to the FIBA Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournaments 2020. These teams are Spain, France, Serbia, Great Britain, Sweden and Belgium.
The 16 top teams will go through to the FIBA Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournaments 2020, taking place in February 2020, which will be split into four groups in a draw held later in the year.
The top three teams from each tournament will qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Women’s Basketball Tournament.
Both the USA, current gold medalists, and Japan, who are the hosts, will play in the qualification tournaments and, regardless of their results, advance through to Tokyo 2020.
This is the start of an exciting new women’s competition system for FIBA, with more than 100 teams taking part in the new system, which will also include a new qualification system for the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2022.