Groups drawn for FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 European Pre-Qualifiers Second Round
BERLIN (Germany) - The groups for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 European Pre-Qualifiers Second Round were confirmed at Wednesday's draw in the German capital Berlin, with the 12 participating teams learning their opponents.
The Second Round field was sorted into four groups of three teams each, with teams that emerged from the First Round of the Pre-Qualifiers joined by those arriving from the FIBA EuroBasket 2022 Qualifiers.
The results of the draw are as follows:
The eight teams from the FIBA EuroBasket 2022 Qualifiers – Austria, Denmark, Latvia, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Romania, Sweden and Switzerland – were assigned Seeds 1 or 2 in accordance to the FIBA World Rankings, presented by Nike. Meanwhile, the four teams that made their way through the First Round of the Pre-Qualifiers – Belarus, Iceland, Portugal and Slovakia – were in Seed 3.
The Second Round of the European Pre-Qualifiers will be played in August 2021, with the exact format and dates to be approved.
The top two teams from each group will advance to the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 European Qualifiers. Those eight teams will join the 24 teams that qualified via the FIBA EuroBasket 2022.
FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 marks the first time in the competition's history that it is staged in more than one country, with Indonesia, Japan and Philippines winning the rights to co-host the 32-team flagship event in a joint bid.
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