Everything you need to know about Spain and the 2024 pre-Olympic


Based on the robustness of its achievements, the Choosing Spanish We are used to not having to play qualifying rounds to access the Olympic Games. Outside through its results in the Europeans or the World Cup, Spain has spent years entering Olympic events through the door. But that’s over. The ninth place in the World Cup played in the Philippines, Japan and Indonesia left the team of Sergio Scariolo in a limbo from which you can only get out if win one of the four pre-Olympic tournaments which will be held at the beginning of next summer. That is the path that remains for him to reach Paris’2024 and aim for his fifth Olympic medal after silver medals in Los Angeles’84, Beijing’2008, London 2012 and the bronze in Rio’2016.

A sum of 24 options They will fight for the four Olympic places that are still free. The others eight (the Olympic basketball tournament is contested by 12 teams) is now in the hands of Franceas the organizing country, and of the seven teams that won them this World Cup by being the best in their continental zone: USA, Canada (America), Serbian, Germany (Europe), Australia (Oceania), Japanese (Asian) and South Sudan (Africa).

Among the 24 teams that will play in the pre-Olympics are many important rivals, such as Lithuania, Slovenia, Italy, Latvia, Puerto Rico, Montenegro, Brazil, Dominican Republic, Greece, Georgia, Poland, Croatia or Finland.

The good news for Spain is that the pre-Olympic format provides a relatively easier path for the teams with the best FIBA ranking. Before the draw, the 24 teams will be divided into six pots based on their position on that list. Six teams will attend each pre-Olympic, one from each level group.

The National Team will lose its number one status in the FIBA​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ USA at the end of the current World Cup but will still be the best of the pre-Olympic 24. That would allow him to be the hype of the first seeds, with Slovenia, Lithuania and Greece either Italywhich he would avoid as rivals from the beginning.

In each of the four pre-Olympics, whose venues have yet to be determined, the teams will be divided into two groups of three teams. Teams from pots 1, 4 and 5 will go to Group A and Group B, from pots 2, 3 and 6. These groups will play a league and their first two classifieds will advance to the semifinals ( 1A-2B, B1-2A ). Only the winner of the final will earn an Olympic place.

Sergio Scariolo it was clear to him that the road to Paris was full of traps. “The Pre-Olympic will be very difficult. It will be a huge success to qualify for the Games, without knowing who the rivals of the group are because it is enough to know it a little to know who can touch the us”. However, the coach of the Spanish team indicated that when it was time to play that tournament, “we will count those who are there and those who are not and we will go to war. As we always do. To try to win or do this opportunity, come out with your head held high.”

Knowing the importance of Spain in FIBA​​​​​​​​​​​​ and the good track record of our country in organizing tournaments at the highest level, no one will be surprised if the Spanish Federation wins one of the four pre-Olympicwhich will provide some basis for selection towards Paris 2024.

Source: La Verdad


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