ROAD TO THE LONDON OLYMPICS GOES THROUGH TURKEY

TORONTO – Canada Basketball is pleased to announce the schedule for the 2012 Senior Women’s National Team. The team has a busy summer ahead, as they strive to reach their goal of competing in the 2012 London Summer Games.

Phase 1 marks the beginning of preparation for the Olympics. The schedule starts with the Tryout by Invitation and Training from May 3 - 15 at the University of the Fraser Valley in Abbotsford, BC. It will then conclude with the 2012 Jack Donohue International Classic, consisting of three exhibition games against the Chinese Olympic Team.

PHASE 1
May 3 - 15

Tryout by Invitation & Training

Jack Donohue International Classic – Team Canada vs. Team China 

May 16

Canada vs. China in Langley

May 17

Canada vs. China in Richmond

May 18

Canada vs. China in Abbotsford

 

After Phase 1 is completed, Phase 2 of the schedule will commence. The team will regroup and practice in Toronto June 2 – 4 before travelling to Europe. Prior to arriving in Turkey for the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament for Women, the Canadian Senior Women’s National Team will play in a set of exhibitions games.

 
PHASE 2
June 2 – 4
Training in Toronto
June 4
Team Travels to Europe
June 5 – 10

Exhibition vs. Great Britain in Edinburg, Scotland

June 11 – 13
Training in France
June 14 – 16

Exhibition Tournament in Lyon, France (Canada Croatia, Czech Republic & France)

June 21 – 24

Training in Ankara, Turkey

June 25 – July 1

FIBA World Olympic Qualifier in Ankara, Turkey

June 25

Canada vs. Mali (FIBA World Olympic Tournament Game)

June 26

Canada vs. France (FIBA World Olympic Tournament Game)

 

The FIBA World Olympic Qualifier for Women will decide which teams will qualify for the 2012 London Summer Games. 12 teams participate in this last tournament, with the top 5 finishing teams earning a berth into the Olympics. Canada has been placed in Group ‘D’ that features France (ranked 8th) and Mali (ranked 19th).

In order to qualify, Canada will need to place in the top two in their group and win their quarter-finals game to qualify. If Canada were to lose their quarter-final game, they will face one of the other three quarter-finalists who lost. They will need to win two games in order to qualify for the last berth into the 2012 London Summer Olympics.

The competition schedule for women’s basketball in the Olympics starts July 28 and ends August 11.