World Cup 2019: Seven more teams qualify; Final three spots yet to be decided
MIES (Switzerland) - Russia, Japan, Iran, Jordan, Philippines, Serbia and Cote d’Ivoire became the latest teams to qualify for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019.
Now, officially 29 teams have booked their places at the first-ever 32-team World Cup, taking place in China from August 31-September 15.
The last three places - 2 from the Americas and 1 from Europe - will be determined on Monday, the very last day of the Qualifiers.
Russia put an amazing show in the final quarter against Finland by hitting seven three pointers to cut out an an 18-point deficit and eventually win the match by 91-76 win. The result sees another European power house return to the World Cup after missing out on 2014 edition.
In the Asian qualifiers ,Japan got things started by cruising past Qatar by 96-48, to mark their return to the competition in which they last played when they hosted it in 2006.
The Japanese win also confirmed Iran's participation at a third consecutive World Cup.Iran concluded their Asian Qualifiers campaign by beating Australia 85-74.
Meanwhile, Jordan's ticket for China 2019 was secured when Lebanon lost 84-72 to Korea. Jordan beat New Zealand 86-80 in their last match of the campaign. Lebanon’s defeat to Korea also helped Philippines secure a place in this year’s world cup. Philippines also defeated Kazakhstan by 93-75. This will be Philippines second consecutive WC appearance.
In Europe, 2014 World Cup runners-up Serbia comfortably beat Israel, 97-76.
In Africa, hosts Cote d'Ivoire beat Mali 69-49 to finish as the best 3rd-placed team in the African Qualifiers.
FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019
Tournament hosts: China
Africa (5 of 5): Angola, Cote d'Ivoire, Nigeria, Senegal, Tunisia
Americas (5 of 7): Argentina, Brazil, Canada, USA, Venezuela
Asia (7 of 7): Australia, Iran, Japan, Jordan, Korea, New Zealand, Philippines
Europe (11 of 12): Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, Serbia, Spain, Turkey
(With inputs from Official website of FIBA)