With the added advantage of giving more countries an opportunity to host prestigious FIBA events, 18 nations will compete across the three respective tournaments, with six teams going head-to-head at each of them. The winners of each of the three tournaments will all take the highly coveted last remaining tickets for the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Fifteen (15) teams that fell short of qualifying directly for Rio 2016 will have another shot at fulfilling their Olympic aspirations after securing places at the 2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournaments (OQTs).
- Africa: Angola, Tunisia, Senegal
- Americas: Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico
- Asia: Philippines, Iran, Japan
- Europe: France, Serbia, Greece, Italy, Czech Republic
- Oceania: New Zealand
The most recent editions of the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament took place in 2008 and in 2012. They served up some particularly memorable games, as well as incredible excitement and tension - with unforgettable scenes of joy from triumphant players, coaches, staff and fans - all celebrating their precious passage to the Olympic Games.
That famously included NBA star and Germany legend Dirk Nowitzki finally getting to the Olympics for the first time in his illustrious career in 2008 after taking his country to the Beijing Games.
And, with three FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournaments planned for 2016, similarly emotional and exhilarating moments are lying in wait.