EXPLAINER: Basketball at Tokyo Olympics

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Issues to know concerning the basketball competitors on the 2020 Tokyo Olympics:

THE ABSOLUTE BASICS

USA’s guard Kevin Durant outruns Serbia’s ahead Nikola Kalinic throughout a Males’s Gold medal basketball match between Serbia and USA on the Carioca Enviornment 1 in Rio de Janeiro on August 21, 2016 throughout the Rio 2016 Olympic Video games. (Photograph by EMMANUEL DUNAND / AFP)

  • Each the lads’s and ladies’s tournaments shall be comprised of 12 groups divided into three teams of 4 who play a round-robin.
  • The highest two groups from every group, together with the 2 greatest third-place groups will advance to the quarterfinal spherical.
  • The knockout format continues with the semifinals and gold medal recreation.

HOW MANY MEDALS?

There are two units of medals, one for ladies and one for males.

WHERE IS IT HAPPENING?

Saitama Tremendous Enviornment positioned in Saitama Metropolis. It’s one in all Japan’s largest multi-sport amenities with a seating capability of 21,000.

WHEN IS IT HAPPENING?

The boys’s event runs from July 25 to August 7 with the ladies’s going down from July 26 to August 8.

WHAT HAPPENED IN RIO?

Standard, standard. Each the U.S. women and men went unbeaten to win gold. It marked the sixth straight gold for the American ladies and sixth in seven Video games for the lads.

WHAT CAN WE EXPECT IN TOKYO?

 Breanna Stewart #10 of the United States dribbles downcourt during USA Women's National Team Winter Tour 2020 game between the United States and the UConn Huskies at The XL Center on January 27, 2020 in Hartford, Connecticut

FILE — Breanna Stewart #10 of america dribbles downcourt throughout USA Ladies’s Nationwide Crew Winter Tour 2020 recreation between on January 27, 2020 in Hartford, Connecticut. Maddie Meyer/Getty Photos/AFP 

Extra of the identical. The U.S. ladies look notably dominant, drawing from an enormous WNBA expertise pool that features Seattle Storm ahead Breanna Stewart, extensively thought to be the very best participant on the planet, and WNBA most useful participant A’ja Wilson.

With the NBA Finals working into late July it’s doubtless a few of the prime males won’t make themselves out there for the Video games. Nonetheless, they may have greater than sufficient expertise to assemble one other ‘Dream Crew’ that shall be a nightmare for the opposition to deal with.

WHAT’S NEW?

3×3 basketball, performed on a half-court with three gamers on both sides, makes it’s Olympic debut on the Tokyo Video games.

WELL FANCY THAT

Utah Jazz middle Rudy Gobert, who was dubbed sport’s ‘Affected person Zero’ after he examined constructive for COVID-19 in March 2020 and triggered a shutdown of the complete NBA, was named to France’s squad and is predicted to be in Tokyo, which has been underneath a state of emergency as a result of virus.

HOW DID WE GET HERE?

Males’s basketball turned a part of the Olympic program in 1936 whereas ladies made their debut on the 1976 Montreal Video games.

America and Argentina (2004) are the one nations nonetheless in existence who’ve received an Olympic basketball gold, the others being Yugoslavia, the Soviet Union, and a ‘Unified Crew’ of former Soviet Republics.

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