Rio Olympic green basketball court ready for test event

Rio 2016 basketball court
Rio 2016

The Rio Olympics’ main basketball court was unveiled Tuesday, three days before an Olympic women’s basketball test event begins at the venue.

Basketball is slated to be played at two venues in Rio. The court unveiled Tuesday is the primary court, the one that will be used for medal rounds.

The Rio Olympic men’s basketball tournament field is mostly filled, with nine of the 12 teams already qualified.

Next Tuesday, FIBA will announce hosts for the three, last-chance, six-team Olympic men’s basketball qualifying tournaments.

Germany, led by Dirk Nowitzki at 2015 EuroBasket, is among the nations in the running to host, even though it did not originally advance to the last-chance qualifying tournament field.

Latvia, the home of Knicks rookie Kristaps Porzingis, was eighth at EuroBasket, where the top seven nations advanced to the last-chance Olympic qualifying tournaments.

Still, Latvia stands to be added to one of the July last-chance qualifying tournaments if any of Serbia, Czech Republic or Italy are announced as a last-chance host, which would open up a berth. Six nations in total are in the running to host the three tournaments, so chances are high that Latvia will get in.

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