MANILA, Philippines – Brazil, Finland, Greece and Turkey complete the 24-nation cast of the 2014 FIBA World Cup in Spain after the FIBA Central Board awarded the four countries with wild card slots to the tournament.
Greece (fifth), Turkey (seventh) and Brazil (10th) are all in the top 10 of the current FIBA rankings, while Finland is ranked 39th.
“Greece, fifth in the current ranking, are a powerhouse of international basketball and this is the first time they have asked for a wild card. Brazil were quarter-finalists at the 2012 London Olympics, are 10th in the world, and will host the 2016 Rio Olympics,” FIBA secretary-general Patrick Baumann said in a statement.
“Turkey were silver medalists at the 2010 FIBA World Championship and are a regular fixture in leading international tournaments,” he added.
“The fourth, Finland, impressed at EuroBasket 2013 by beating four teams from the Top 15 in FIBA’s Rankings Men as they finished ninth in Slovenia. The Finns are enjoying massive support with their fans traveling in big numbers to their games,” he said.
The four countries join Angola, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Croatia, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Finalnd, France, Greece, Iran, Korea, Lithuania, Mexico, New Zealand, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, Senegal, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey, Ukraine and the United States.
Senegal’s participation in the tournament was confirmed after FIBA lifted the ban imposed on its national team.
The group draw will take place on February 4 in Barcelona.
The FIBA World Cup will be held in Spain on August 30 until September 14.