Buy This Issue
The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 16 March 2019
SPORT 26 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 16 MARCH 2019 DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Draw for FIBA World Cup takes place today Both Greece and Australia are set to find out their opponents in the tournament The FIBA World Cup will take place later on this year but today we will get to find out who will be paired with who. At the Shenzen Bay Arena in China, the draw for the group stage of the competition's final round will take place, with the participation of legendary athletes Kobe Bryant and Yao Ming. The 32 teams that have already advanced will be separated into four pots and from then eight groups of four teams will be formed (in a format similar to that of the FIFA World Cup or the UEFA Champions League.) Greece has been placed in pot one alongside the USA, Spain and other top level teams, while Australia's fate still remains unknown as FIBA have not announced the classifications of the rest of the teams. Yet considering their position in the worldwide ranking (they barely missed out on the top-10), it would be hard to imagine the Boom- ers missing out on pot two. After the phase one stage games are completed, teams that took the top two spots in their respective groups will move on to the second group stage, while those placed in third and fourth will go to the 17-32 classification rounds. The second round will be done in a similar format, with teams that qualified from phase one being paired in four groups of four. From the second round, the top two teams of each group will advance to the quarterfinals, where the winners move on to the semis while the losers play for positions five to eight. There will also be a minifinal to determine who gets placed third and fourth. The position of each nation in the World Cup will be crucial since the tournament serves as a passage way to next year's Olympics, which is why so much emphasis has been put on who is placed where. There are only so many "tickets" provided to each continent, which could mean that even if a team from Europe is placed higher than one from Asia or Africa, if there are no more positions available for European teams then it'll be the team from another continent advancing to Tokyo. The tournament begins 31 August, with the final taking place on 15 September. Below are listed the 32 participating teams at this year's FIBA World Cup per continent: EUROPE: Spain, Serbia, Russia, Italy, France, Turkey, GREECE, Lithuania, Germany, Montenegro, Czech Republic, Poland THE AMERICAS: USA, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Venezuela ASIA & OCEANIA: China (host nation), AUSTRALIA, Japan, New Zealand, Iran, Jordan, Philippines, South Korea The presence of Giannis Antetokounmpo makes the Greek team one of the favourites for the upcoming FIBA World Cup. PHOTO: APE/MPE Adelaide Olympic top NPL ladder ALEX ANYFANTIS The past weekend included mostly positive results for the Greek teams’ participating in the National Premier Leagues (NPL) all around Australia. Besides the shocking defeat that Sydney Olympic suffered at home in their opener, all other clubs managed to walk away from their respective games with at least a draw. Adelaide Olympic defeated the Comets 2-0 and now have nine points from their opening three games in the competition, which puts them at first place in South Australia. Olympic FC are also continuing their winning streak, as they annihilated the Sunshine Coast 0-3. Hamilton Olympic managed to win their first game of the season with a turn-around against Weston, while West Adelaide also secured their first point in the NPL. OLYMPIC FC Ben Cahn's men faced little opposition from the Sunshine Coast at the Kawana Sports Precinct and took the lead just after 10 minutes when Lofthouse's wonderful through ball found Lucas who put the ball past the WEST ADELAIDE The latter team from the South Australian NPL finally managed to escape last place after their 1-1 draw with the Blue Eagles. The "westerners" could have even gotten away with all three points from the Marden Sports Complex as they took the lead with a Mitris penalty kick. But they were equalised just 10 minutes before the end of the game by Sheikman. Now West Adelaide will look for their first win against the Adelaide United U21's. Adelaide Olympic faced little opposition from the Comets and are now sitting comfortably at first place of the South Australian Premier League. PHOTO: ADELAIDE OLYMPIC FOOTBALL CLUB FACEBOOK GROUP keeper. The home side managed to maintain the slim difference for the first half, but couldn't keep the inevitable from happening in the second. After a free kick came in from the left, Waters found himself unmarked inside the area and had no trouble doubling his team's advantage on the 68th. The final result was shaped by Dais on the final minute of the game, from a wonderful solo effort within the box. Now the red-andwhites have 12 points from four games and are third on the table in Queensland. Peninsula currently occupy the top spot, but Olympic will have the opportunity to change things today (Saturday) as they take on the table-leaders at Goodwin Park. ADELAIDE OLYMPIC George Tsonis' men managed to seal a third straight win in the league against the Comets and climb to the top of their respective table. The deadlock was broken at the 39th minute thanks to an own goal by the Comets defence, while Riccardo Da Silva sealed the win with his effort on the 80th. However, the Adelaide manager stressed that despite the good opening to the season, his players have yet to accomplish anything and will need to maintain the same amount of focus in the future. Now Adelaide Olympic will move on to face the Croydon Kings at the Polonia Reserve, in a battle of first against second. HAMILTON OLYMPIC Contrary to Sydney Olympic, Hamilton had a successful start to their season as they were able to escape the "Rockwell Automation" with the three points, despite having to come back from behind in order to do so. The Weston Workers took the lead just after nine minutes of play thanks to Wilson, making things difficult for Peter Mcguinness's men. But they managed to bring the game level five minutes before half time with Kawachi. Pettit provided the winner for his team on the 61st. Now they move on to welcome the Lambton Jaffas. AFRICA: Tunisia, Angola, Ivory Coast, Senegal, Nigeria Olympiakos won’t play Olympiakos team refuses to play in Sunday's Greek basketball league match against Rick Pitino's Panathinaikos after a dispute over refereeing. The red-and-whites made this club announcement just a month after Olympiakos walked out of a Greek final semifinal against Panathinaikos. At the time, Olympiakos alleged biased officiating and had forfeited the game to their long-time green rivals. Now the team has stated that it won't show up for Sunday's match because the referees chosen are Greek instead of the foreign ones that the team had requested. Greek league rules state that a team that refuses to play at a scheduled game is docked six points.
09 March 2019
23 March 2019