Turkey, Asian nations shake up latest FIBA World Ranking Women, presented by Nike
MIES (Switzerland) - The latest edition of the FIBA World Ranking Women, presented by Nike has witnessed several nations from Asia and Africa being rewarded for their performances in the FIBA Women's Continental Cups 2021, while Turkey moved up to No. 9 after a promising start to their FIBA Women's EuroBasket 2023 Qualifiers campaign.
The only nation on an upward trajectory inside the top 10, Turkey accumulated enough points in big wins against Slovenia and Poland to take them above Serbia, who played just one game in the November window.
While the results from the 2021 editions of the FIBA Women's AmeriCup and the FIBA Women's EuroBasket were already part of the last World Ranking publication after the Tokyo Olympics, the most recent ranking now also includes data from the FIBA Women's AfroBasket 2021 and the recently concluded FIBA Women's Asia Cup 2021.
Korea headlined the list for the biggest movers with a jump of five places from No. 19 to No. 14 after reaching the Semi-Finals of the Women's Asia Cup and securing a place in the forthcoming FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup 2022 Qualifying Tournaments.
Meanwhile, Nigeria moved up one spot into No. 15 after winning the Women's AfroBasket title in Cameroon, with runners-up Mali also getting a one-position bump up to 40th place.
Some of the most impressive leaps were made by participants of the FIBA Women's Asia Cup, Division B, as winners Lebanon moved up the rankings eight places and into the Top 50 at No. 45, while Indonesia catapulted skywards 13 places to No. 61 after finishing third.
Syria returned to the competition for the first time in 35 years and some positive results have seen them lift 16 places to No. 76. Similarly, event hosts Jordan made a return after a 26-year absence and have rocketed up 43 places to No. 81 after making it to the Final against Lebanon.
FIBA (fiba.basketball) - the world governing body for basketball - is an independent association formed by 212 National Basketball Federations throughout the world. It is recognized as the sole competent authority in basketball by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).