Korea Boss: We’ll Beat D’Tigress To Rio 2016 Ticket

Korea Basketball Federation President Yul Pang is confident his country's women's national team will beat Nigeria to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

 Korea missed out at London 2012 but they have an opportunity to make it to Rio via a qualifying tournament holding in June.

They are in the same group as Nigeria's D'Tigress, who they face in their opening game. The other team in the group is Belarus.

Twelve teams are participating in the tournament in France, with the best five qualifying for the Olympics.


"I am quite satisfied with the draw and our women's side is ready for any other team," Pang told FIBA.com.


"Our team was not really that good at the 2015 FIBA Asia Women’s Championship since our head coach promoted a change of generation, putting young players into the team and excluding some veterans. But our team is now in a better harmony. That is why I believe that our players will get us a ticket to Rio 2016.


"The Korea women's team was one of the most well-known and greatest team in the past," mused Pang. "I believe that getting a ticket to Rio 2016 will boom up women's basketball in Korea."


The 2016 FIBA Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament is taking place in Nantes from 13-19 June

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