Canada Basketball has announced the 12-man roster that will compete in the 6-team Olympic Qualifying Tournament (“OQT”), tipping-off July 5th in Manila, Philippines.
“Our goal is to qualify for the Olympics,” head coach Jay Triano said. “We are focused on one practice at a time and one game at a time.”
Canada went 4-1 in a European exhibition tournament, taking on China, Croatia, Italy and Puerto Rico. Cory Joseph (Toronto Raptors) and Joel Anthony (Detroit Pistons) joined the group for the June 29th win over Puerto Rico, and Tristan Thompson (Cleveland Cavaliers) met the team in Manila.
“We are facing some of the top teams at the qualifier and have prepared by completing a rigorous preparation schedule in Europe,” general manager Steve Nash said. “We have a tremendous opportunity to achieve an Olympic berth and our players and staff will be doing everything possible to achieve our goal of qualifying for Rio.”
Canada will play in Group A taking on Turkey on July 5th and Senegal on July 6th at 6:30 a.m. ET, respectively.
The Philippines, France and New Zealand will play in Group B. The top two teams from each group in the preliminary rounds will move on to the semi-final crossover games. The top two teams will then compete in the finals.
The tournament champion qualifies for the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics.
— Canada Basketball (@CanBball) July 3, 2016
TSN will broadcast the tournament in Canada on TSN2 or TSN4 as follows:
Tuesday, July 5
– Turkey vs. Canada at 6:30 a.m. ET on TSN2
– France vs. Philippines at 9 a.m. ET on TSN2
Wednesday, July 6
– Canada vs. Senegal at 6:30 a.m. ET on TSN4
– Philippines vs. New Zealand at 9 a.m. ET on TSN4
Thursday, July 7
– Senegal vs. Turkey at 6:30 a.m. ET on TSN4
– New Zealand vs. France at 9 a.m. ET on TSN4
Saturday, July 9
– Semi-final #1 at 6:30 a.m. ET on TSN4
– Semi-final #2 at 9 a.m. ET on TSN4
Sunday, July 10
– Final at 9 a.m. ET on TSN4