(FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 / FIBA)

Another large sporting event has been postponed due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, but will still take place in our fair city.

Victoria will remain one of the host sites for the men’s FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament, which was originally scheduled to take place this summer at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre.

FIBA announced on Thursday that the tournament will now be played from June 29th to July 4th, 2021.

“Communities across the Capital Region, Canada and around the world continue to show tremendous resiliency in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Clint Hamilton, Chair, Friends of Victoria Basketball in a release.

“If we continue along this positive path we’re on, hosting the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament next summer in Greater Victoria will be something we can all look forward to as a chance to witness world-class sport, celebrate our collective perseverance and the determined spirit shown in overcoming this global crisis.”

The four FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournaments will be played in Canada, Croatia, Lithuania and Serbia.

In total, 24 men’s national teams are set to compete in these qualifying tournaments, each of which will see six teams square off for a chance to compete in the Olympics.

The six participating teams have been divided into two groups of three teams each: Canada will face Greece and China in Group A, while Uruguay, Czech Republic and Turkey have been drawn into Group B.

Each team will face the other two in the Group Phase from June 29th to July 1st, and the top two teams in each group will advance to the semifinals on July 3rd.

The two semifinal winners will advance to the Final on July 4th, with the winner qualifying for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

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