Indian basketball team qualifies for FIBA Asia Cup 2021
Saudi Arabia and India are the latest teams to qualify for the FIBA Asia Cup following the results of the games in the Qualifying Tournament in Jeddah. Saudi Arabia defeated Palestine 96-72 in the FIBA Asia Cup Qualifying tournaments - Group H on Sunday, sending a wave of cheer in the Indian camp as that win paved the way for India to qualify for the finals scheduled in July 2022 at Jakarta. India, who had lost 80-61 to the Saudis in their first match on Friday, had overcome Palestine 79-77 in a thriller on Saturday and needed the hosts to either beat Palestine or lose by a huge margin, to qualify for the finals.
India will make their 10th-consecutive appearance in the FIBA Asia Cup. The continental tournament will be played in Indonesia in July next year. A fourth-place finish in 1975 remains India’s best showing at the continental event to date. Australia is the defending FIBA Asia Cup champion while China is the most successful team in the tournament with 16 titles.
India and Saudi Arabia thus qualified for the FIBA Asia Cup finals and joined 13 teams — hosts Indonesia, Australia, Bahrain, China, Iran, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, South Korea, Lebanon, New Zealand, Philippines, and Syria — that have already qualified for the 16-team competition. The 16th team will be decided via a two-match series between Chinese Taipei and Guam.