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Belarus to take on Japan in 2016 Olympic basketball tournament opener

After the end of the basketball 2016 Olympic qualifying tournament, a draw was held to divide the 12 teams into 2 groups of six.

The Belarus national team, for whom these Games will be the second in history, will take on Japan in the opening game on 6 August. Then follow matches against France (August 7), Brazil (9 August), Turkey (11 August) and Australia (13 August). Belarus has recently met Japan at the S.Khalipsky Memorial Tournament to win narrowly 78:77. At these competitions, the Belarusian team lost to Turkey 61:65.

Olympic Group B in Rio de Janeiro will consist of the USA, Canada, Spain, Senegal, Serbia and China.

After the end of the group round the four best teams will enter the quarterfinal playoff. The champion and the medalists will be determined 20 August. In 2008, in Beijing, the Belarus team under coach Anatoly Buyalsky took 6th place. At the 2012 Olympic Games in London, Team USA won leaving France in second place. Bronze went to Australian basketball players.

Belarus to take on Japan in 2016 Olympic basketball tournament opener