The groups are set for the 2020 Women’s Olympic Basketball Tournament in Tokyo, Japan.
Canada the number four-ranked team in the latest FIBA basketball rankings was placed in a tough group for the upcoming delayed Tokyo Olympiad.
Team Canada will open-up the group phase of the tournament against No. 8 ranked Serbia on Monday, July 26th followed by a game against No. 19 ranked Korea and will close-out the round-robin part of the event against 2018 World Cup bronze medalist Spain.
The top two teams in each of three groups, plus the two best third-place nations will qualify to the quarter-finals round.
Canada qualified for the 2020 Olympics by going undefeated at 3-0 at FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Ostend, Belgium on February 2020. The Canadians knocked-off host Belgium 61-56, Sweden 80-50 and outlasted a well-coached Japanese team 70-68.
The 2020 summer Olympic Games marks Canada’s seventh women’s basketball appearance since 1976 when the sport was first played and introduced at the Olympics in Montreal. Canada earned a country best, fourth-place finish at the 1984 games in Los Angeles, California.
Riding a three-game winning streak, Canada will look to improve on their quarter-finals exit at the nearly five-years ago in Brazil. The dream of an Olympic medal ended in a hard-fought 68-63 defeat to France at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Number one ranked and tournament favorites United States will be gunning for an unprecedented seventh consecutive Olympic gold medal, occupying the top international spot in women’s basketball since 1996.