BRATISLAVA. The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) has permanently banned the national teams of Russia and Belarus from qualifying for the 2023 World Cup.
At the same time, FIBA confirmed the name of the replacement for the Russian team at this year’s Women’s World Championship in Australia, Puerto Rico will be represented. Young Serbian women will participate in the youth championship for players under 17 instead of Russian women.
In view of the ongoing invasion of Russian forces into Ukraine, the FIBA director confirmed the statements reached at the March meeting. The exclusion of Russia and Belarus also applies to the championships of all categories in 3×3 basketball. The portal theathletic.com informs about it.
At the World Cup, Puerto Rico will take on defending gold medalists from the United States, Belgium, China, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Korea in Group A. France, Serbia, Japan, Nigeria, Canada and home Australia play in “B”.
The basic groups of the Women’s Basketball World Cup, scheduled for September 22 to October 1 in Australia, were drawn without the Russian team in early March.
Also then, Puerto Rico was a candidate for the vacant spot, finishing in last, fourth place in the February qualifying tournament behind “the team”.
The headquarters of the international federation also called on the leadership of the European FIBA zone to make a decision in the coming days on the fate of the Russians at the European men’s championship.
Russia belongs to Group A alongside home team Georgia, Spain, Bulgaria, Belgium and Turkey. The championship is scheduled from September 1 to 18, 2022.