27 October 2015

Nine Countries Vie for FIBA Olympic Qualifier

Gilas Pilipinas
InterAksyon.com, 26 October 2015

Nine countries joined the Philippines in the race to host next year’s FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament which guarantees tickets to the prestigious 2016 Rio Olympics.

Joining the Philippines in the race to be the among the three tournament hosts are Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Iran, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Serbia and Turkey, FIBA announced on Monday.

FIBA listed down the criteria for the selection of the tournament host:
  1. Player welfare – best possible conditions for players;
  2. Stakeholder experience – first-class event for spectators, teams, media and broadcasters, commercial partners as well as all other stakeholders. This includes venues filled to capacity and the provision of appropriate promotional strategy to achieve this goal;
  3. State-of-the-art facilities and infrastructure – FIBA aims at hosting events in high-level competition venues that meet or exceed its requirements;
  4. Legacy – event must bring benefits for basketball in the country, prestige and credit to the host nation and FIBA, as well as being of support to the strategic ambitions of the entire basketball family and;
  5. Commercial model – the event must be based on sound commercial and promotional initiatives and be financially successful.
Candidates have until November 11 to submit all of the bidding requirements.

If ever a country that has already qualified for the tournament wins one of the three hosting rights, the next best team from their respective continents will be granted a slot in the wildcard.

Among the candidate countries, only Germany, Israel and Turkey aren’t qualified for the Olympic qualifier.

There are a total of 15 teams that already have a place in the wildcard tournament after placing as runners-up in the different continental championships. Another three, depending on which country wins the hosting rights, will be included to complete the 18-team field.

Those 18 teams will be divided into three brackets, each having an own tournament slated from June 4 to June 10 next year. The champion of each group will advance to the Olympics.

Gilas Pilipinas fell short of booking an Olympic spot after settling for silver in the 2015 FIBA Asia Championship earlier this month.

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