Iran win FIBA Asia Challenge 2016
TEHRAN (FIBA Asia Challenge 2016) - The FIBA Asia Challenge 2016 closed today with Iran winning the title at Korea’s expense, 77-47. Joining the finalists on the podium were Jordan, who defeated fellow West Asian side Iraq, 94-72, for the third place.
Iran, Jordan and Iraq now have earned for the West Asia sub-zone three extra berths in the FIBA Asia Cup 2017. Similarly, Korea and China earned for the East Asia sub-zone two extra berths. This brings the total number of West Asia berths to five given their initial allocation of two slots. East Asia, which was initially allotted two berths, now has a total of four.
Joining the five West Asian teams and four East Asian teams next year will be one team each from Central Asia, South Asia and Southeast Asia.
The Gulf sub-zone’s lone berth has already gone to Qatar after they won the GCC Championship earlier this year.
Australia and New Zealand, who hitherto were playing in the FIBA Oceania, will also debut in the FIBA Asia Cup next year. The host country rounds off the sixteen-team fray.
China are expected to enter the FIBA Asia Cup 2017 as the defending champions, while the Philippines and Iran, joined China on the podium last year in the FIBA Asia Championship in Changsha-Hunan, are also favorites.
The top 14 teams from the FIBA Asia Cup 2017 will automatically play in Division A in the 2017 FIBA New Competition System. They will be joined two additional teams that will be decided by FIBA's Asia Regional office.