WUHAN, China (26th FIBA Asia Championship): The schedule of games for the Preliminary Round of the 26th FIBA Asia Championship has been announced.
Hosts and 2009 FIBA Asia Championship silver medalists China will take on GCC’s Bahrain on the first day of the competition on Sept 15 with twice defending champions Iran taking on East Asian outfit Chinese Taipei.
2009 FIBA Asia Championship bronze medalists Jordan meet fellow WABA team Syria; 2010 FIBA Asia Stankovic Cup winners and 2009 FIBA Asia Championship semifinalists Lebanon go up against SAARC champions India; SEABA champions Philippines take on GCC’s UAE and East Asia champions Korea meet Malaysia in other marquee clashes of the opening day.
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About 26th FIBA Asia Championship
Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province in China, will play host to 16 top teams from five different FIBA Asia sub-zones to identify the Champion men’s team of FIBA Asia.
The FIBA Asia Championship, played every two years, is the most important event in FIBA Asia involving the top men’s National Teams.
The 26th FIBA Asia Championship, also the qualifying event for the 2012 London Olympics, will be held from Sept 15-25 at Wuhan.
The champion team from Wuhan will directly qualify for the most significant sporting event at the British capital, while the No 2 and No 3 teams will qualify for the FIBA Olympic qualifying tournament.
The 26th FIBA Asia Championship is the fifth occasion when China will host this prestigious event – 1989 Beijing, 2001 Shanghai, 2003 Harbin and 2009 Tianjin are the earlier occasions.