By virtue of their early exit here, the Germans cannot qualify directly for Rio 2016. However a recent, belated change to the process to obtain berths in Brazil next summer means that any country taking part in the current round of continental championships can bid to host -– and participate in — one of the three Olympic Qualification Tournaments, to take place early next summer. And with the German Federation understood to be considering a bid, the presumption that this was Nowitzki’s farewell may be mis-placed.
“I thought so,” the former NBA MVP told reports in Berlin. “But now, I’ve heard that there is a chance to get a wild card to host a pre-Olympic tournament. “So we’ll just have to wait to see, or come back together next summer and talk about it. But for me, in my head, at the end, that was it. That’s why I got emotional. I was exhausted, I left it all out there and we couldn’t come through, so it was very disappointing.”
Brazil’s men’s and women’s national teams will compete in the Olympic Basketball Tournament at the 2016 Rio Games after FIBA’s Central Board decided to grant them automatic places at its meeting in Tokyo on Sunday. The decision was made based on the Brazil Basketball Confederation (CBB)’s application which confirms they meet the various sporting requirements, including having a rich sporting history in basketball and being able to guarantee their best teams competing in Rio.