Canada drawn into tough World Cup group with Lithuania, Australia and Senegal
Canada's Kelly Olynyk, left, goes up to the rim as Brazil's Augusto Lima defends during third quarter FIBA Basketball World Cup second-round qualifying action in Laval, Que., Thursday, September 13, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
The Canadian Press
Published Saturday, March 16, 2019 8:57AM EDT
Canada was drawn into a tough Group H for the 2019 FIBA World Cup alongside Lithuania, Australia and Senegal.
Canada is No. 23 on the FIBA rankings. Lithuania is No. 6, Australia is No. 11, and Senegal is 37th.
Group H plays their preliminary round games in Dongguan, China.
The 32-country World Cup is Aug. 31 to Sept. 15, with the medal games being held in Beijing.
The top seven teams at the World Cup will punch their tickets to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Canada is making its first World Cup appearance since it went 0-5 to finish 22nd out of 24 countries at the 2010 tournament in Turkey.
Canada's men's team hasn't made an Olympic appearance since the 2000 Games in Sydney.