Greece and Iran will kick off their respective campaign in the 2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament on Monday in Turin. The two teams belong in Group A of the Turin edition of the final qualifying event for the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Greece and Iran have finalized their 12-man lineup in the 2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament leg in Turin. The two teams will be holed up in Group A along with Mexico as they compete for one ticket to the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Iran Unfazed By Low Chances
Iran finds itself in a new situation after dominating the FIBA Asia Championships three of the last four times. Hamed Hadaddi will still be around to lead the cause and will get ample support from Oshin Sahakian, Arsalan Kazemi, Mohammad Jamshidi and Asghar Kardoust.
Head coach Dirk Bauermann is aware that Iran’s chances of snagging the lone ticket will be tough but nevertheless doable. Aside from the veterans, he will bank on some new youngsters like Behnam Yakchali, Sajjad Mashayekhi, Sedighi Amir and Arman Zangeneh.
“I don’t expect to qualify for the Olympics but on the other hand, I believe that nothing is impossible,” said Iran Basketball Federation president Mahmoud Mashhoun via the Tehran Times.
The last time Iran made it to the Olympics was in 2008.
Greece pins hopes on Antetokounmpo brothers
Greece has finalized its roster as well with the Antetokounmpo brothers, Giannis and Thanassis, leading the way. Giannis is of course well known for his NBA stint with the Milwaukee Bucks.
While the Antetokounmpo brothers should be something interesting to look out for, there were some players surprisingly left out by head coach Fotis Katsikaris. Cut were Tyler Dorsey and Vassilis Kavvadas, two familiar cagers from different national squads.
Like Iran, the last time Greece made it to the Olympics was in 2008. They hosted the 2008 OQT and snagged one of the three slots to the Beijing Games according to another report from FIBA.
Where to Watch Greece vs Iran FIBA OQT 2016 Match
The matchup between Greece and Iran will kick off at 12 p.m. ET. Fans can catch the action through online live stream on Live Basketball TV, while match replay and highlights will be available on FIBA’s YouTube page.