GENEVA (FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament for Women) - FIBA and the Spanish Basketball Federation are happy to announce the competition schedule for the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament for Women that will take place in Madrid, in the 10.500-seat Telefónica Arena, from 9th to 15th June 2008.
The following seven teams have already booked their tickets for the Olympic Basketball Tournament for Women that will take place in Beijing (China), from 9th to 23rd August 2008: China (host), Australia (World Champion), Mali (African Champion), USA (Champion of the Americas), Korea (Asian Champion), Russia (European Champion) and New Zealand (Oceanian runner-up).
The remaining five berths for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games will be decided in this 12-team FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament for Women that will feature the following participants: Senegal and Angola (Africa), Cuba, Brazil and Argentina (Americas), Japan and Chinese Taipei (Asia), Spain, Belarus, Latvia and Czech Republic (Europe) and Fiji (Oceania).
Listed below are the composition of the four groups, as well as the complete tournament schedule. Please note that all tip-off hours are local time in Madrid, Spain.
1. Composition of groups:
Group A: Japan, Latvia and Senegal
Group B: Angola, Argentina and Czech Republic
Group C: Brazil, Fiji and Spain
Group D: Belarus, Chinese Taipei and Cuba
2. Preliminary Round:
9th June 2008:
12:45 hours: Spain vs. Fiji
14:45 hours: Opening Ceremony
15:30 hours: Chinese Taipei vs. Cuba
17:45 hours: Latvia vs. Senegal
20:00 hours: Czech Republic vs. Argentina
10th June 2008:
12:45 hours: Cuba vs. Belarus
15:00 hours: Senegal vs. Japan
17:15 hours: Fiji vs. Brazil
19:30 hours: Argentina vs. Angola
11th June 2008:
12:45 hours: Brazil vs. Spain
15:00 hours: Latvia vs. Japan
17:15 hours: Belarus vs. Chinese Taipei
19:30 hours: Angola vs. Czech Republic
The teams placed 1st and 2nd in each group will advance to the Quarter-Finals; the teams placed 3rd in each group will be eliminated and may return home.
12th June 2008: Rest Day
13th June 2008:
Game 13: A1 vs. B2
Game 14: B1 vs. A2
Game 15: C1 vs. D2
Game 16: D1 vs. C2
The games of the Quarter-Finals will be played at 12:45 hours, 15:00 hours, 17:15 hours and 19:30 hours. The order of games will be confirmed after the end of the Preliminary Round.
The four winners of the Quarter-Finals will qualify for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games and may return home. The four losers will play in the Semi-Finals.
14th June 2008:
Game 17: Loser 13 vs. Loser 15
Game 18: Loser 14 vs. Loser 16
The Semi-Final games will be played at 17:15 hours and 19:30 hours. The order of games will be confirmed after the end of the Quarter-Finals.
15th June 2008:
Game 19 (19:30 hours): Winner 17 vs. Winner 18
The winner will qualify for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.