TEAMS NAMED FOR 2018 GOLD COAST COMMONWEALTH GAMES

TEAMS NAMED FOR 2018 GOLD COAST COMMONWEALTH GAMES

The eight countries to compete in the men's and women's basketball tournaments at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games have been announced.

Commencing on April 5, 2018, the Australian Opals will be pitted against England, India, Malaysia, Mozambique, New Zealand as well as Canada and Jamaica who will make their Commonwealth Games basketball debuts.

In the men's competition, the Australian Boomers will compete with England, India, New Zealand, Nigeria and Scotland while Cameroon and Canada will debut.

"FIBA is excited to have the best teams from the Commonwealth competing at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games in three great basketball cities and communities," said FIBA Oceania Executive Director, David Crocker.

"FIBA’s new competition system will see national team basketball occurring every three months and the Commonwealth Games is another opportunity for the national team stars to shine on a global stage."

The group games of the competition will be held at the Townsville Entertainment and Convention Centre and Cairns Convention Centre before the finals are hosted in South Queensland with the gold and bronze medal games to be played at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre.

The only other time that basketball was played at the Commonwealth Games was when Melbourne hosted the event in 2006.

Australia claimed two gold medals over a decade ago with New Zealand and England earning silver and bronze respectively across the men's and women's tournaments.

The pools and match schedules for the group stage will be announced in the coming weeks and you can purchase your tickets via the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games website here.

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