Tokyo Olympics 2021 Basketball: Schedule, Teams, Dates, Qualification And More

A general view of Saitama Arena during the first half of a Men's Preliminary Round Group A game between Team United States of America and Team Iran on day five of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Saita

Basketball is coming back to the Olympic Games in Tokyo and we have everything you need to know right here!

It has been a sport that has appeared on the calendar every year since 1936 and will be carrying on this streak in Japan between July and August.

There is no getting away from the fact that the United States (USA) have utterly dominated the event, with only a few exceptions where they have failed to walk away with gold medals in both men's and women's events.

Can they do the same in Tokyo? Will we see new Olympic champions crowned? Scroll down to find everything you need to know about this year's respective tournaments.

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Bam Adebayo #13 of Team United States dunks against Islamic Republic of Iran during the first half of a Men's Preliminary Round Group A game on day five of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Saitama Supe

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UPDATE July 26th: It wasn't a very good day for United States' basketball team as they lost their opening match against France but, fortunately, the match had quite an entertaining moment at halftime.

Read more: Tokyo 2020: Basketball robot takes centrestage during USA vs France

A robot plays basketball during halftime of the Men's Preliminary Round Group B game between the United States and France on day two of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Saitama Super Arena on July 25,

UPDATE July 23rd: The men's Olympic basketball tournament gets underway at the Saitama Super Arena on Sunday, but the competition will be missing one of its more compelling nations - as a throwback video that has recently gone viral has shown.

Read more: USA basketball: Remembering when NBA stars were baffled by New Zealand’s haka


UPDATE July 20th: Australian Basketball star Liz Cambage has withdrawn from this year’s Olympics for mental health reasons, and has explained the issues that have cropped up.

Read more: Tokyo Olympics Basketball: Liz Cambage withdraws from Games, citing “terrifying” bubble life

Liz Cambage #8 of the Las Vegas Aces is guarded by Cheyenne Parker #32 of the Atlanta Dream during their game at Michelob ULTRA Arena on July 4, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Schedule

The 12 sides that are taking part have been split into three groups of four and they are as follows:

Men's

Group A: Iran, France, USA, Czech Republic

Group B: Australia, Germany, Italy, Nigeria

Group C: Argentina, Japan, Spain, Slovenia

Women's

Group A: South Korea, Spain, Serbia, Canada

Group B: Japan, France, Nigeria, USA

Group C: Australia, Belgium, Puerto Rico, China

Here you can find the complete schedule and results from this year's Olympic basketball event. All start times are in British Standard Time (BST).

Sunday 25th July 2021

Men's Preliminary Round Group A - Iran 78-84 Czech Republic - 2 am 

Men's Preliminary Round Group B - Germany 82-92 Italy - 5:40 am

Men's Preliminary Round Group B - Australia 84-67 Nigeria - 9:20 am

Men's Preliminary Round Group A - France 83-76 USA - 1 pm

Monday 26th July 2021

Women's Preliminary Round Group A - South Korea 73-69 Spain - 2 am

Men's Preliminary Round Group C - Argentina 100-118 Slovenia

Women's Preliminary Round Group A - Serbia 72-68 Canada - 9:20 am

Men's Preliminary Round Group C - Japan 77-88 Spain - 1 pm

Tuesday 27th July 2021

Women's Preliminary Round Group B - Japan 74-70 France - 2 am

Women's Preliminary Round Group B - Nigeria 72-81 USA - 5:40 am

Women's Preliminary Round Group C - Australia 70-85 Belgium - 9:20 am

Women's Preliminary Round Group C - Puerto Rico 55-97 China - 1 pm

Wednesday 28th July 2021

Men's Preliminary Round Group B - Nigeria 92-99 Germany - 2 am

Men's Preliminary Round Group A - USA 120-66 Iran - 5:40 am

Men's Preliminary Round Group B - Italy 83-86 Australia - 9:20 am

Men's Preliminary Round Group A - Czech Republic 77-97 France - 1 pm

Thursday 29th July 2021

Women's Preliminary Round Group A - Canada 74-53 South Korea - 2 am

Men's Preliminary Round Group C - Slovenia 116-81 Japan - 5:40 am

Women's Preliminary Round Group A - Spain 85-70 Serbia - 9:20 am

Men's Preliminary Round Group C - Spain 81-71 Argentina - 1 pm

Friday 30th July 2021

Women's Preliminary Round Group C - Belgium vs Puerto Rico - 2 am

Women's Preliminary Round Group B - USA vs Japan - 5:40 am

Women's Preliminary Round Group B - France vs Nigeria - 9:40 am

Women's Preliminary Round Group C - China vs Australia - 1 pm

Saturday 31st July 2021

Men's Preliminary Round Group A - Iran vs France - 2 am

Men's Preliminary Round Group B - Italy vs Nigeria - 5:40 am

Men's Preliminary Round Group B - Australia vs Germany - 9:20 am

Men's Preliminary Round Group A - USA vs Czech Republic - 1 pm

Sunday 1st August 2021

Women's Preliminary Round Group A - Canada vs Spain - 2 am

Men's Preliminary Round Group C - Argentina vs Japan - 5:40 am

Men's Preliminary Round Group C - Spain vs Slovenia - 9:20 am

Women's Preliminary Round Group A - South Korea vs Serbia - 1 pm

Monday 2nd August 2021

Women's Preliminary Round Group B - Nigeria vs Japan - 2 am

Women's Preliminary Round Group B - France vs USA - 5:40 am

Women's Preliminary Round Group C - China vs Belgium - 9:20 am

Women's Preliminary Round Group C - Australia vs Puerto Rico - 1 pm

Tuesday 3rd August 2021

Men's Quarterfinal - 2 am

Men's Quarterfinal - 5:40 am

Men's Quarterfinal - 9:20 am

Men's Quarterfinal - 1 pm

Wednesday 4rd August 2021

Women's Quarterfinal - 2 am

Women's Quarterfinal - 5:40 am

Women's Quarterfinal - 9:20 am

Women's Quarterfinal - 1 pm

Thursday 5th August 2021

Men's Semifinal - 5:15 am

Men's Semifinal - 12 am

Friday 6th August 2021

Women's Semifinal - 5:40 am

Men's Semifinal - 12 am

Saturday 7th August 2021

Men's Gold Medal Game - 3:30 am

Women's Bronze Medal Game - 8 am

Men's Bronze Medal Game - 12 pm

Sunday 8th August 2021

Women's Gold Medal Game - 3:30 am


Teams

Here is the list of teams that are competing at the Olympics this summer:

Men's

  • Japan
  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • France
  • Germany
  • Iran
  • Italy
  • Nigeria
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • USA

Women's

  • Japan
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Serbia
  • Canada
  • France
  • Nigeria
  • USA
  • Australia
  • Belgium
  • Puerto Rico
  • China

Dates

Basketball at the Games will run between Sunday 25th July until Saturday 7th August 2021, a timeframe of 13 days.


Qualification

The qualifying process for the Olympic Games has changed in recent years and there was three pathways that teams could earn themselves a ticket to Japan.

  • Seven teams qualified directly after the 2019 FIBA World Cup, the top two European and American teams, and the top teams from Africa, Asia and Oceania.
  • The next best 16 teams from each continent competed in the Olympic qualifiers and were organised into four groups of six teams. Only the side that finished top would qualify.
  • The host Japan automatically qualified for the tournament.

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