Basketball England is delighted to announce that England will be competing in both the Men’s and Women’s basketball competitions at next year’s Commonwealth Games in Australia.
England were today confirmed in the Men’s Basketball competition alongside debutants Canada and Cameroon, plus Australia, India, New Zealand, Nigeria and Scotland after all accepted invites which were endorsed by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA).
The Women’s team were also announced today with England taking up a spot alongside Australia, India, Malaysia, Mozambique and New Zealand. Canada and Jamaica will also be in attendance as debut nations for basketball.
The last and only time spectators saw basketball on the Commonwealth Games sports program was at the Melbourne 2006 games where Australia claimed gold in the Men’s and Women’s events with England collecting bronze in both competitions.
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.”
The GC2018 basketball competition will feature eight teams in both 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 pools and match schedules for the Basketball preliminaries will be announced in the coming weeks. Rosters for both teams will also be announced nearer the event.