In a much anticipated follow up to last year’s FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament, Canada’s Senior Men’s National Team returns to Victoria next month where they’ll face Argentina to open the second round of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 Qualifiers.
Canada will tip off against Argentina at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre in Victoria on Thursday, August 25th at 7:40pm.
Earlier this year, Canada Basketball also announced the summer core pool of players who have committed to representing Canada in the lead-up to the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.
Canada is currently one of only five teams still unbeaten with a 6-0 record in the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 Qualifiers. Argentina finished second in Group A, with a 5-1 record, however, they are not to be under-estimated, as they are ranked 7th in the FIBA World Rankings and finished third at the most recent FIBA Basketball World Cup in 2019. The two teams will meet in Victoria for what will most certainly be an electric first game in the second round.
Eighty national teams will play games across six qualifying windows to secure their place among the 30 teams who will join hosts Japan and the Philippines in the 32-team edition of FIBA's flagship event.
In the Americas region, 16 teams will face off over two rounds with the three best teams from each group, and the fourth-placed team qualifying for the FIBA Basketball 2023 World Cup. For additional information on the format of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 Qualifiers, click here.
The FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023, set to take place from August 25 to September 10, 2023, will see the Group Phase take place in the Philippines, Japan and Indonesia. The Final Phase will follow in the Philippines capital city of Manila.
Canada is currently ranked 18th in the FIBA World Ranking presented by Nike.
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