Stewart, Staley and Bird from the USA are already counting for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo

Women’s Basketball World Cup 2018

Fresh from the crowning victory of the Women’s World Cup 2018 Women’s World Cup, MVP Breanna Stewart is turning her attention to Tokyo and the 2020 Olympics.

Following the USA’s 10th World Title victory, Stewart was already looking forward to the next big global event.

“Now this World Cup is over, the next one we’re looking forward to is Tokyo,” she explained. “I’m sure it will be an amazing Olympiad and for US basketball, I think it’s just to make sure we’re ready.”

Olympic Games

US head coach Dawn Staley knows all about the Olympics as a player and assistant coach, which means she’s expecting the big event to be more enjoyable than most.

“It’s always special when you go to any Olympic Games, and I know that Tokyo will roll out the red carpet, so it’ll be fun,” she said. “It’s always something special to be just one of thousands of other athletes and coaches involved in such an event as the Olympics.

“We work hard, but I know that many people think it’s always easy to win trophies, but it has to be the sacrifice of the players who came here a bit out of the WNBA season.

World Cup

“However, they make the commitment and our best players have shown that they want to represent the US in this World Cup, and now we want to continue our victory tradition in the Olympics.”

Meanwhile, veteran Guard Sue Bird has hinted that she will be in the running to extend her glittering career.

Sue Bird

“Given the opportunity, I would still like to participate in the Olympics,” she said. “A lot has to happen to someone my age, it’s not about whether I’m ready, it’s literally about being able to play – so we cross that bridge when we’re there.

“I would like to play at the next Olympics, if it works.”