Stage set for Women's Olympic Basketball Tournament as final player rosters confirmed
TOKYO (Japan) - The rosters of the 12 participating teams at the Women's Olympic Basketball Tournament have been confirmed on the eve of the flagship event in the Japanese capital.
The 12th edition of women's tournament at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 tips off on Monday, July 26, with all rosters having now been trimmed to their final roster of 12 players.
Click on the teams below to see the full rosters:
- Group A: Canada, Korea, Serbia, Spain
- Group B: France, Japan, Nigeria, USA
- Group C: Australia, Belgium, China, Puerto Rico
Group Phase action takes place from July 26th - August 2nd, with the top two teams from each of the three groups, plus the best two third-placed teams progressing to the Quarter-Finals. After the Group Phase, a draw will take place that will produce an Olympic bracket for the road to the gold medal. Teams from the same grouping cannot be drawn against each other in the Quarter-Finals.
From the Quarter-Finals onwards, the competition follows a knockout format. To be crowned Olympic champion, a team has to play six games - three in the Group Phase and three in the Final Phase (Quarter-Finals, Semi-Finals, Gold Medal Game), instead of eight games as in past tournaments. For more, check out the Competition System.
Having stood atop the podium at the last six editions, defending champions USA come into Tokyo as strong favorites to extend their golden streak as they eye up their 9th Olympic title in total. None of the other 11 nations competing in Tokyo has ever been crowned Olympic champions, with Belgium and Puerto Rico playing at the event for the first time.
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).