MANILA, Philippines – Gilas Pilipinas' last chance of making it to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics evaporated, after the team missed the cut for the FIBA Olympic qualifying tournaments to be held next year.
FIBA, the sport's world governing body, on Thursday announced the 24 teams that will compete in the four qualifiers that will take place from June 23 to 28, 2020, with the winners of each tournament joining the 8 teams already assured of Olympic spots.
The recent FIBA World Cup produced seven teams that directly qualified for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, with Japan receiving an automatic berth as host.
The Olympic qualifying tournaments will include the 16 best-placed non-qualified teams from the World Cup and the two highest-ranked countries per region in the FIBA world ranking.
The ranking was updated to include the latest results from the World Cup.
As of Monday, September 16, Gilas Pilipinas is ranked 31st in the world, maintaining its spot despite a brutal performance in the World Cup that saw them lose all five games.
But perennial rival South Korea leapt two spots to No. 30, thus joining China as the two highest-ranked countries in Asia-Oceania.
The teams that received tickets to the OQTs are:
6. Czech Republic
7. Dominican Republic
14. New Zealand
16. Puerto Rico
The bidding process to host the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournaments will be announced.
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