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Basketball
Basketball
Basketball is a team sport in which two teams of five players try to score points by throwing or "shooting" a ball through the top of a basketball hoop while following a set of rules...

 at the 2012 Olympic Games
2012 Summer Olympics
The 2012 Summer Olympic Games, officially known as the "London 2012 Olympic Games", are scheduled to take place in London, England, United Kingdom from 27 July to 12 August 2012...

is scheduled to be held from 28 July to 12 August. Competitions will be held at the newly built Basketball Arena
Basketball Arena (2012 Olympics)
The Basketball Arena for the 2012 Summer Olympics and the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, United Kingdom will be located in the Olympic Park in Poplar, London...

, which will seat 12,000 spectators, and the The O2
The O2 arena (London)
The O2 Arena is a multi-purpose indoor arena located in the centre of The O2, a large entertainment complex on the Greenwich peninsula in London, England.With a capacity of up to 20,000 depending on the event, it is second largest...

 (called North Greenwich Arena because of the ban on commercialisation in arena names during Olympic events) in London
London
London is the capital city of :England and the :United Kingdom, the largest metropolitan area in the United Kingdom, and the largest urban zone in the European Union by most measures. Located on the River Thames, London has been a major settlement for two millennia, its history going back to its...

. The United States men's and women's
United States women's national basketball team
The United States women's national basketball team are the defending Olympic champions in women's basketball. The team is composed of some of the top American players in the WNBA and the women's college game....

 teams will be defending their current gold medal championships.

Competition Format


Twelve qualified nations will be drawn into two groups each consisting of six teams. After a robin-round, the four highest placed teams in each group will advance to a knock-out round to decide the medals.

Qualification


The National Olympic Committee
National Olympic Committee
National Olympic Committees are the national constituents of the worldwide Olympic movement. Subject to the controls of the International Olympic Committee, they are responsible for organizing their people's participation in the Olympic Games...

s may enter up to one 12-player men's team and up to one 12-player women's team.

Host nation


Initially, basketball was the only discipline in which the host nation was not to be automatically awarded entry. This was because the Great Britain basketball teams did not exist until 2006, and FIBA, the world governing body of basketball, was concerned about the future of the unified British teams after 2012, as well as the total lack of competitiveness of British basketball. However, in a meeting held in Lyon
Lyon
Lyon , is a city in east-central France in the Rhône-Alpes region, situated between Paris and Marseille. Lyon is located at from Paris, from Marseille, from Geneva, from Turin, and from Barcelona. The residents of the city are called Lyonnais....

, France
France
The French Republic , The French Republic , The French Republic , (commonly known as France , is a unitary semi-presidential republic in Western Europe with several overseas territories and islands located on other continents and in the Indian, Pacific, and Atlantic oceans. Metropolitan France...

, on March 13, 2011, the FIBA Executive Board agreed to allow the British teams to qualify automatically.

Men



Competition Date Venue Berths Qualified
Host Nation 6 July 2005 1
2010 FIBA World Championship
2010 FIBA World Championship
The 2010 FIBA World Championship, hosted by Turkey, was the international basketball competition contested by the men's national teams. The tournament ran from August 28 to September 12, 2010. It was co-organized by the International Basketball Federation , Turkish Basketball Federation and the...

 
28 August – 12 September 2010  Turkey 1
2011 FIBA Africa Championship  17 – 28 August 2011  Madagascar 1
2011 FIBA Americas Championship  30 August – 11 September 2011  Argentina 2
2011 FIBA Oceania Championship
2011 FIBA Oceania Championship
The 2011 FIBA Oceania Championship for Men was the 20th edition of the tournament. The tournament featured a three-game series between Australia and New Zealand. Game one was held in Melbourne followed by the second game in Brisbane and game three in Sydney, Australia.-Results:-External links:*...

 
7 – 11 September 2011  Australia 1
2011 FIBA Europe Championship
Eurobasket 2011
EuroBasket 2011 was the 37th men's European Basketball Championship, held by FIBA Europe. The competition was hosted by Lithuania. This was the second time Eurobasket had been held in Lithuania, the country having also hosted the 1939 championship. FIBA Europe asserted that Lithuania managed to...

 
31 August – 18 September 2011  Lithuania 2
2011 FIBA Asia Championship  15 – 25 September 2011   China
Wuhan
Wuhan is the capital of Hubei province, People's Republic of China, and is the most populous city in Central China. It lies at the east of the Jianghan Plain, and the intersection of the middle reaches of the Yangtze and Han rivers...

 
1
2012 FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament
2012 FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament
The 2012 FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament is a men's basketball tournament that will consist of 12 national teams, where the top three teams earn a place in the 2012 Olympics basketball tournament. It will be held from 2 July to 8 July 2012 in a yet to be determined venue. Angola,...

 
2 July – 8 July 2012 3
Total 12

Women


Competition Date Venue Berths Qualified
Host Nation 6 July 2005 1
2010 FIBA World Championship
2010 FIBA World Championship for Women
The 2010 FIBA World Championship for Women, the 16th edition of FIBA's premier tournament for women's national basketball teams, was held from September 23 to October 3, 2010 in the Czech Republic. Three cities, Ostrava, Brno and Karlovy Vary, hosted games...

 
23 September – 3 October 2010  Czech Republic 1
2011 FIBA Europe Championship
EuroBasket Women 2011
The 2011 European Women Basketball Championship, commonly called EuroBasket Women 2011, was the 33rd regional championship held by FIBA Europe. The competition was held in Poland from 2011. This was the 4th time that the EuroBasket Women was hosted by Poland....

 
18 June – 3 July 2011  Poland 1
2011 FIBA Asia Championship
2011 FIBA Asia Championship for Women
The 2011 FIBA Asia Championship for Women was the qualifying tournament for FIBA Asia at the women's basketball tournament at the 2012 Summer Olympics at London. The tournament was held in Omura, Japan from August 21 to August 28....

 
21 – 28 August 2011  Japan 1
2011 FIBA Oceania Championship
2011 FIBA Oceania Championship for Women
The 2011 FIBA Oceania Championship for Women was the 14th edition of the tournament. The tournament featured a three-game series between Australia and New Zealand. Game one was held in Melbourne followed by the second game in Brisbane and game three in Sydney, Australia.-Results:-External links:*...

 
7 – 11 September 2011  Australia 1
2011 FIBA Americas Championship
2011 FIBA Americas Championship for Women
The 2011 FIBA Americas Championship for Women was the qualifying tournament for FIBA Americas at the women's basketball tournament at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. The tournament was held at Coliseo Álvaro Sánchez Silva in Neiva, Colombia from September 24 to October 1...

 
24 September – 1 October 2011  Colombia 1
2011 FIBA Africa Championship
2011 FIBA Africa Championship for Women
-Group B:---------------------------------------------------------Championship bracket:-Quarterfinals:-------------Semifinals:-----Bronze medal game:-Final:-5–8th place bracket:-Semifinals:----...

 
23 September – 2 October 2011  Mali 1
2012 FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament for Women
2012 FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament for Women
This tournament will consist of 12 teams of where the top five teams earn a place in the Olympic Basketball tournament. The date and venue are yet to be determined.-Qualification:-External links:*...

25 June – 1 July 2012 TBD 5
Total 12

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