FIBA takes action: Belgian cats do not play against Russia in World Cup in Australia, but against Puerto Rico

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The FIBA, the World Basketball Association, has imposed sanctions on Russia and Belarus in retaliation for Russia’s occupation of Ukraine. At the World Cup in Australia, the Belgian cats will not compete in the first round against Russia, but against Puerto Rico.

Patrick Solomons

Following the March 1, 2022 decision of the Federal Council confirming the decision not to allow Russian teams and officials to participate in FIBA ​​basketball and 3×3 basketball tournaments, the FIBA ​​Executive Committee released today. The Russian Basketball Federation (RBF) and the Belarusian Basketball Federation (BBF) have made the following decisions for the upcoming FIBA ​​Basketball Tournament in the coming months.

Until further notice, no official FIBA ​​basketball tournament will be held in Russia or Belarus. Russia and Belarus are set to be excluded from the following FIBA ​​national team matches.

FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 Qualifying Round: Belgian Lions not against Belarus

Russia and Belarus will be eliminated from Group B of Group H of the FIBA ​​Basketball World Cup 2023 European Qualifiers, with no replacements. All decisions of both teams will be canceled and as a result the other teams in the group will play 4 matches and advance to the second qualifying round. To classify teams uniformly in these two groups (H and G; A and B), first-round matches against the last ranked teams of Pool G and Pool A will not be considered as L and I categories. The Belgian Lions, who play against Serbia and Estonia in late June and early July, are almost certain to qualify for the World Cup finals, and will be in Group I with Turkey, Great Britain and Greece. To Serbia and Latvia.

FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2022

Russia withdraws from the 2022 FIBA ​​Women’s Basketball World Cup to be held in Australia from September 22 to October 1. The alternative team is Puerto Rico, as decided last March, considering the circumstances surrounding the FIBA ​​Women’s Basketball World Cup 2022 qualifiers in Washington DC. So with the exception of the Belgian cats, Puerto Rico will be in Group A. Bosnia, USA, China and Korea.

Russia and Belarus are to be excluded from the following FIBA ​​3×3 national team matches.

Friday’s results for the Belgian Lions at the European Championships and European Clubs

At the European Championships for men in September, the Belgian Lions are also in Russia’s squad. FIBA Europe and the Basketball Champions League Board have been invited to make relevant decisions for the respective national team and club matches, which will be announced in the coming days. Therefore Russia will not be allowed to participate in the European Championship. The Belgian Lions will be known as an alternative to Russia next weekend. FIBA will continue to closely monitor the situation and make further decisions if necessary.

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