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Procedures for Official Draws of the 2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournaments for Men and Women to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games
25/01/2016
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Procedures for Official Draws of the 2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournaments for Men and Women to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games

MIES, Switzerland (2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournaments for Men and Women) - Here are the procedures for the Officials Draws of the  2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournaments for Men and Women taking place at The House of Basketball, FIBA's headquarters, on Tuesday 26 January (18:30 CET/GMT+1).

2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournaments (OQTs)
- The 18 teams that will participate in the three 2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournaments (OQTs) have been classified into six pots on the basis of their quality and geographical principles.
- Qualification for the Olympic Basketball Tournament at Rio 2016 began at the 2015 continental championships. As such, the key criterion in determining the quality of teams at the OQTs has been their performances at their respective regional championship last year. When teams from different regions are mixed in a same pot, another factor taken into account is the relative strength of the continents, based on their results at the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup.
- The aim of the draw is to have three tournaments containing groups of similar quality and with teams from the same continents equally distributed across the OQTs.

  • Pot 1: France, Serbia and Greece
  • Pot 2: Italy, Czech Republic and Canada
  • Pot 3: Philippines, Iran and Japan
  • Pot 4: Angola, Tunisia and Senegal
  • Pot 5: Latvia, Croatia and Turkey
  • Pot 6: Mexico, Puerto Rico and New Zealand

Here is a video explaining the draw procedure for the 2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournaments (OQTs) in full.

2016 FIBA Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament (WOQT)
- The 12 teams that will participate in the 2016 FIBA Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament (WOQT) have been classified into three pots on the basis of their quality and geographical principles.
- Qualification for the Women's Olympic Basketball Tournament at Rio 2016 began at the 2015 continental championships. As such, the key criterion in determining the quality of teams at the WOQT has been their performances at their respective regional championship last year. When teams from different regions are mixed in a same pot, another factor taken into account is the relative strength of the continents, based on their results at the 2014 FIBA Women's World Championship.
- The aim of the draw is to have four groups of similar quality and with teams from the same continents equally distributed across the groups.

  • Pot 1: France, Spain, Belarus and Turkey
  • Pot 2: Cuba, Argentina, China and Korea
  • Pot 3: New Zealand, Cameroon, Nigeria and Venezuela

Here is a video explaining the draw procedure for the 2016 FIBA Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament (WOQT) in full.

The Official Draws will be carried out by FIBA Sport & Competitions Director Predrag Bogosavljev, with the help of past and present stars of the game in the shape of Ana Dabovic, Jorge Garbajosa, Ilona Korstin and Radoslav Nesterovic.

The draws for the three OQTs and the WOQT can be watched live on youtube.com/fiba.

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