Olympic champion US to face France, Iran in Tokyo

Olympic champion the United States will face France and Iran in the men’s group stages of the Tokyo Olympics following yesterday’s draw.

Host nation Japan will have European powerhouse Spain for company. The US team is seeking its fourth consecutive men’s basketball gold and 16th in total after seeing off Serbia for the title in Rio 2016 and Spain in London and Beijing in 2012 and 2008. Joining the mighty US, France and Iran in Group A will be the winner of Greece, China, Canada, Uruguay, Czech Republic and Turkey from a qualifying event in Victoria, Canada, in late June. The men’s competition in Tokyo begins on July 25, three days after the scheduled conclusion of the National Basketball Association Finals. The draw at the International Basketball Federation’s headquarters in Mies, Switzerland, pitted Spain and Japan with Argentina, bronze medallist in 2008, with Group C completed by the winner of a qualifying event in Kaunas consisting of Lithuania, South Korea, Venezuela, Poland, Slovenia and Angola. Australia is in Group B with Nigeria and two other teams decided by qualifying events in Split (Germany, Russia, Mexico, Tunisia, Croatia and Brazil) and in Belgrade (Dominican Republic, New Zealand, Serbia, Puerto Rico, Italy, and Senegal).

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