Published On: Fri, Sep 20th, 2019

Doncic’s Slovenia handed Olympic qualifying chance

LAST CHANCE. Luka Doncic vies to lead Slovenia's final shot at a 2020 Olympic seat. Photo by Andy Lyons/AFP

LAST CHANCE. Luka Doncic vies to lead Slovenia’s final shot at a 2020 Olympic seat. Photo by Andy Lyons/AFP

PARIS, France – NBA Rookie of the Year Luka Doncic could still go to the 2020 Olympics after Slovenia on Thursday, September 19, secured one of the final places in the qualifying tournaments scheduled for next June.

Doncic did not play in qualification for the 2019 World Cup and the 2017 European champions failed to make the tournament in China.

Seven nations secured Olympic berths at the World Cup, joining host Japan.

The 4 remaining places will be decided in a 24-team tournament scheduled for June 23 to 28 next year. (READ: Gilas expectedly misses Olympic cut as Serbia leads qualifiers pool)

Two-thirds of the qualifying tournament slots had already been allocated to the highest-ranked sides not already qualified for Tokyo.

The final 8 spots were allocated to the two highest-ranked nations in each of basketball’s 4 global regions when the governing body of world basketball (FIBA) announced its latest rankings on Thursday.

Slovenia and Croatia secured the two European spots. China and Korea took the two Asian places. They were joined by Angola and Senegal from Africa and Mexico and Uruguay from the Americas.

Olympics men’s basketball tournament (12 teams)

Already qualified (8): Japan (host), Spain, France, USA, Argentina, Nigeria, Australia, Iran

In final qualifying tournament (24): Angola, Brazil, Canada, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Germany, Greece, Italy, Korea, Lithuania, Mexico, New Zealand, Poland, Puerto Rico, Russia, Senegal, Serbia, Slovenia, Tunisia, Turkey, Uruguay, Venezuela

– Rappler.com

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