Canada's path to the 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup has been revealed.
FIBA announced today that Canada has been drawn in Group C for the first round of the Americas qualifiers alongside the Dominican Republic, U.S. Virgin Islands and Bahamas, set to begin in November.
Canada missed out on a spot at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and will look to improve on its showing at the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup in China, finishing 21st overall.
The first round of qualifying games is scheduled for three different windows: Nov. 20-30, Feb. 21-March 1 and June 27-July 5.
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Among The Americas teams vying for seven places at the World Cup, Canada holds the fourth-highest world ranking (18th) behind USA (1), Argentina (7) and Brazil (15) in the latest FIBA standings. From their Group they are the highest-ranking team, ahead of the Dominican Republic (20th), U.S. Virgin Islands (52) and Bahamas (59).
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The Americas will see 16 teams split across four groups during the first round, with 12 teams advancing to the second round, split into two groups. Seven of those teams will qualify for the World Cup with the top three teams from each group, plus the best fourth-place team.
The FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 will be held across Indonesia, Japan and the Philippines - the first time this tournament is hosted by multiple countries.
The qualifiers will tip-off in November with 80 teams across the four regions of Africa, Americas, Asia/Oceania and Europe, competing across six qualifying windows to secure their spots among the 32 teams to compete in the World Cup.
Hosts Japan and the Philippines receive automatic qualification, while Indonesia can book their spot at the World Cup by finishing in the top eight teams at the FIBA Asia Cup 2021.
The FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 will take place from August 25 to September 10, 2023, with the Final phase taking place in Manila, Phillippines.
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