Canada and Jamaica debut in the women’s GC2018 basketball competition
Team Canada and Jamaica will make their highly anticipated Commonwealth Games basketball debut in the GC2018 women’s competition.
Both nations were announced in the competition alongside Australia, England, India, Malaysia, Mozambique and New Zealand after all accepted invites which were endorsed by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA).
The last and only time spectators saw Basketball on the Commonwealth Games sports program was at the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games where Australia claimed gold.
Fellow medallists and arch rivals New Zealand and England will also be staking a claim to win gold in 2018 after winning silver and bronze respectively in Melbourne.
Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) President Louise Martin CBE is excited to see basketball make its appearance once again on the Commonwealth Games program.
"It’s been over a decade since Basketball’s first and only appearance at a Commonwealth Games – but I’ve no doubt it’ll be worth the wait when it delights the crowds in 2018," Mrs Martin said.
With North Queensland’s strong basketball history and current participation, GOLDOC Chairman Peter Beattie AC is confident the basketball competition will be well supported by the community.
"Our event cities Townsville and Cairns have a proud history and association with Basketball in Australia so we know that the people of North Queensland are going to get behind these teams and create a great atmosphere during the preliminaries matches," Mr Beattie said.
The GC2018 Basketball competition will feature eight teams in both the men’s and women’s competitions.
Split into two pools of four, nations will face off against teams in their pool during the preliminary rounds held in Townsville and Cairns between 5-10 April. The finals will then be held at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre from 13-15 April.
The competing nations for the men’s GC2018 Basketball Competition Australia, Cameroon, Canada, England, India, New Zealand, Nigeria and Scotland named.
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