Russian basketball teams barred from world championships, risking Olympic status
Russian basketball teams have been excluded from the upcoming Men’s, Women’s and 3×3 World Championships due to the war in Ukraine.
FIBA Announcement Wednesday was an extension of his indefinite ban on Russian teams from March.
The first tournaments affected are the men’s and women’s 3×3 World Cups in Belgium next month.
Russian Olympic Committee teams won silver medals in the men’s and women’s 3×3 tournaments in Tokyo in the Olympic debut of this event.
Russian players are also excluded from the FIBA Women’s World Cup in Australia in September.
Russia and Belarus have also been dropped from next year’s FIBA Men’s Basketball World Cup qualifying tournaments.
This at least undermines, if not ends, their hopes of qualifying for the 2024 Men’s Olympic Basketball Tournament. FIBA has yet to respond to a request for clarification on its impact on Olympic qualification, which largely depends on participating in the final stages of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 qualifiers.
Russia has not qualified full men’s or women’s teams for either of the past two Olympics. He won Olympic bronze medals in 2012 (men, led by Andrei Kirilenko) and 2008 (women, led by Becky Hamon).
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