Basketball cuts 2 games from 2020 Tokyo Olympic format

ABS-CBN Sports on Apr 17, 2019 06:05 AM
Basketball cuts 2 games from 2020 Tokyo Olympic format
From left, Men's Judo Japan national team head coach Kosei Inoue, Women's Softball Japan national team head coach Reika Utsugi and Tokyo 2020 Sports Director Koji Murofushi pose for a photo after a press conference to unveil detailed Olympic competition schedule in Tokyo, Tuesday, April 16, 2019. For fans, athletes, and volunteers in Japan, next year’s Olympics in Tokyo could become known as the get-up-early games.Organizers announced Tuesday that - hoping to beat summer heat in the Japanese capital - the men’s 50-meter race walk final will begin at 5:30 a.m. The men’s and women’s marathon final will start at 6 a.m. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

MIES, Switzerland (AP) — The Olympic basketball tournament has been shortened for the 2020 Tokyo Games to cut the number of group matches from five to three for each team.

The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) says the new format will feature three four-team groups in both the men's and women's tournament.

The top two teams in each group are joined in the quarterfinals by the two best third-place teams.

At the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics — where the U.S. won both gold medals — teams were drawn in two groups of six, and so played five games in the first phase before entering the knockout bracket.

FIBA says the new format is "bringing additional interest to every game of the tournament already from the group phase."

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