NIKE’s updated FIBA World Rankings were announced on Thursday to decide the eight remaining national teams of the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament 2020. The two best national teams from each continental zone, who were not yet set for the Olympics or the qualifiers, got the nod.
Angola and Senegal from Africa, Mexico and Uruguay from America, China and South Korea from Asia-Oceania and Croatia and Slovenia from Europe rounded off the field. Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Germany, Greece, Italy, Lithuania, New Zealand, Poland, Puerto Rico, Russia, Serbia, Tunisia, Turkey and Venezuela were already based on their 2019 FIBA World Cup.
The bidding process for hosting the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournaments will start shortly. It is expected that Greece, Lithuania and Serbia will be among the countries that will participate in the process.
As for the countries that directly qualified for the 2020 Olympics, the US remained at the top of the rankings, but second-placed Spain finished off gold in China. Australia improved by eight places to third, Argentina finished fourth and France fell back to fifth. Iran ranks 22nd, Nigeria 23rd and Japan 38th.
The best national teams without a place in the qualifying tournament or at the Olympic Games are Montenegro (26th), Latvia (28th), Ukraine (29th), the Philippines (31st), Finland (34th), Georgia (36th) and Jordan (37th).