La Jornada – Mexican basketball will seek a ticket to Tokyo if FIBA ​​allows

If Mexico can regain its rights to compete in basketball, the men’s national team will be able to get its ticket to the Olympic Games by playing against Germany and Russia, and in contrast with Tunisia, Croatia and Brazil, in the qualifying tournament that will be held from June 29 to July 4 In Split, Croatia. If he succeeds, he will face the winner from the other knockout category made up of the Dominican Republic, New Zealand, Serbia, Puerto Rico, Italy, Senegal and Nigeria.

If they win the ticket to Tokyo, the Mexican national team will be evaluated in the Olympic tournament in Group Two, in which only Australia and Nigeria are present so far.

Sergio Salazar, the representative of the Mexican Basketball Federation, indicated that FIFA is not known to Mexico, as it has been suspended from all international competitions and that the steering committee mandated since March 2020 is working to restore their rights.

“They are looking for a way to get Mexico off the hook, and once that happens the teams will be able to compete. We are working closely with the Mexican Olympic Committee and the National Committee for Physical Culture and Sports,” Gonzalez noted, commenting that it was not easy to reverse the comment after the former leader, Xóchitl Lagarda – who resigned from Ademeba. – It does not comply with the legal rules of the international organization.

Salazar expressed confidence that Mexico would come out in time for the Olympic qualifiers, which will be attended by a select group consisting mostly of young players who do not have international experience.

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The draw held yesterday in Mess, Switzerland, the headquarters of the International Basketball Federation, showed that Argentina and Spain, who qualified for the last World Cup in China 2019, will be at the same level in the group stage of the Olympic Games.

The group will be completed by local Japan and possibly Lithuania, the candidates for the Olympic qualifying tournament to be held in its capital, Kaunas, in which South Korea, Venezuela, Poland, Slovenia and Angola will be located.

France will be in the USA’s favorite group. Iran will also compete for this key, as will the winner of the qualifiers to be held at the end of June and early July in Victoria, Canada, in which Greece will participate, with twice the NBA’s best player (2019 and 2020), Giannis Antitokounmou and Canada.

The women’s championship, for which Mexico cannot qualify, is decided in three groups: South Korea, Serbia, Canada and Spain, in Group A; Nigeria, Japan, France, and the United States, in B, and Australia, Puerto Rico, China, and Belgium in C.

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