Japan, Puerto Rico standing in Turkey’s way
Turkish national women’s basketball team got its best performance in the European Basketball Championship last year, getting the silver medal after losing to russia in the final. The team will now face Japan and Puerto Rico for a ticket to London Games.Turkey was pitted against Japan and Puerto Rico as the Olympic Qualifying Tournament for Women’s Basketball draws were made in the country’s capital city, Ankara, yesterday.
With just over four months to go until the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament for Women, the draw was held in Ankara.
Turkey will be among the 12 teams that will compete for the five remaining places on offer for the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
Turkey was placed in the Group A, while the Group B has Argentina, Czech Republic, New Zealand, the Group C has Croatia, Korea, Mozambique and the Group D consists of Canada, France and Mali.
The group stages will see each team play the two others in their respective groups in a standard round robin format (12 games in total). The top two teams in each group will progress to the quarterfinals.
The four winning quarterfinalists qualify automatically for the London Olympics, while the four losing teams will play for the last remaining place.
The qualifying tournament will take place in Ankara from 25 June to 1 July 2012.
The 12-nation London lineup already includes host Britain, Angola, Australia, Brazil, China, Russia and the United States.