GB's Olympic Qualifying Tournament switched to Belgrade -

GB’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament switched to Belgrade

Joel Freeland Unicaja Malaga

Great Britain will now be heading to Belgrade, Serbia for their upcoming Olympic Qualifying Tournament after FIBA confirmed the switch from Foshan, China.

The dates will remain the same with GB taking on China, Spain and Korea from 6-9 February with the decision taken following the recent outbreak of the coronavirus in China.

FIBA statement:

“After having carefully evaluated the developments regarding the coronavirus outbreak and placing as main priority the safety of the participating players and team delegation members, the FIBA Executive Committee decided to relocate the tournament to Belgrade, Serbia, where one of the other three FIBA Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournaments will be played.

“Besides the evident operational advantages that allow FIBA to offer appropriate conditions for such an important tournament qualifying for Tokyo 2020, entry into Serbia is possible without a visa for citizens of all four participating countries.”

British Basketball Federation chairman Maurice Watkins commented: “The health and safety of the players and staff is of paramount importance in this situation.

“We thank FIBA for taking swift action on this issue in difficult circumstances.”

Jo Leedham-Warner earlier led the calls for the tournament to be moved following examples from other sports.

GB recently played in Belgrade for the concluding stages of their historic run to fourth place at EuroBasket 2019 in the summer.

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