CHINA will not be playing in the Fiba World Cup after missing out on the four wildcard spots for this year’s showpiece to be staged in six Spanish cities.
The 2011 Asian champion and longtime regional powerhouse has been left in the wayside the world tournament includes the Philippines after Fiba announced on Saturday that Brazil, Finland, Greece, and Turkey will be the wildcard entries in Spain, completing the 24-nation cast.
The Yi Jian Lian-led Chinese team failed to gain an automatic berth in the World Cup after failing to make it past the quarterfinal round of the 2013 Fiba-Asia Championship in Manila, losing to Chinese Taipei.
Three of the four wildcard entries are ranked in the Top 10 of the Fiba rankings with Greece at number five, Turkey at number seven, and Brazil at number 10.
Despite ranking No. 12 and reaching the quarterfinals in the Asian region, China failed to gain a wildcard berth even as Finland, Greece, and Turkey placed ninth, 11th, and 17th in the 2013 Eurobasket.
Brazil ranked ninth out of 10 squads in the 2013 Fiba Americas.
The announcement of wild card teams preceded the holding of the tournament draw slated on February 3 in Barcelona, where Gilas Pilipinas head coach Chot Reyes will be in attendance.
The early ouster of China in the Fiba-Asia tilt helped the Philippines’ cause as Gilas Pilipinas reached the finals of the Fiba-Asia Championship. The Filipino cagers lost to Iran in the finals but gained a slot in the World Cup after beating Korea in the semifinal round.