Olympic Basketball Schedule 2021, Team players & Live Stream Guide: With the only couple of months remaining for the onset of the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games, we all are excited and eagerly waiting to witness the extravaganza. Of all the sporting events, Olympic Games are one of the biggest competitions where athletes from different countries participate to showcase their talent and make their country proud by winning the title.
This time, Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games comprise of total 33 sports programs and basketball is one among them.
So here we have come up with some key facts about the Olympics Basketball sports program
Men’s basketball was first introduced in the 1936 Olympics and women’s competition in 1976.
Events: In the Olympic Basketball Tournament, Men and women compete in their standard format, as well as the 3×3. A basketball tournament is an interesting sports program featuring a group or a pool stage played in a round-robin format followed by a knockout phase.
Skills and Techniques: Every sports program requires skills and technique to play and basketball, universal sports played everywhere also needs technique with unique moves and fast pace to outperform the competitor. For the first time, the NBA players were allowed to participate in the 1992 games adding celebrity firepower.
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Tokyo Olympic Basketball Schedule 2021
The men’s tournament runs from 25th July to 7th August 2021, with the women’s taking place from 26th July to 8th August 2021.
Tuesday, Aug 3 (10:00, 13:40, 17:20, 21:00)
Thursday, Aug 5 (13:15, 20:00)
Gold medal game: Saturday, Aug 7 (11:30 – 13:30)
Bronze medal game: Saturday, Aug 7 (20:00 – 22:30)
Wednesday, Aug 4 (10:00, 13:40, 17:20, 21:00)
Friday, Aug 6 (13:40, 20:00)
Women’s Bronze medal game:
Saturday, Aug 7 (16:00)
Women’s Gold medal game:
Sunday, Aug 8 (11:30)
Olympic Basketball History
The first Men’s basketball match was played at the 1904 Games in St Louis as a demonstration event, but it was in the Berlin 1936 games it made its medal event debut. 40 years later Women’s Basketball match was introduced at the 1976 Montreal event. The American men have dominated the games with a total of 15 out of 19 gold medals. At the Athens 2004 Olympic Games, Argentina’s Golden Generation showed superb performance sweeping Team USA and clinching the gold medal.
American Women have dominated the game in 11 tournaments winning eight gold medals, including the last six. The other three are won by Soviet Union (1976, 1980) and Unified Team (1992). Since 2006 Team the USA has remained unbeaten in the International tournaments and hold a lifetime record of 66-3 in the Olympic Games. USA team witness the last Olympic defeat in the semifinals of the Barcelona 1992 games against the Unified Team, while their other losses came at the Inaugural tournament in Montreal.
Top Olympic Basketball Players at Tokyo 2021
National Basketball Association, NBA is scheduled to finish its regular season in May and players will be looking forward to the Olympic Games. However, the NBA playoff matches are expected to clash with the Olympic events and thus some players will be forced to miss the games.
All eyes are set on the top players like LeBron James, Kevin Durant, and Anthony Davis.
Also 2004 champions, Argentina is ready to pose a threat to the USA in the form of their top performers. Along with Argentina, the current Men’s World Cup team Spain is also ready to win the battle. Hachimura Rui will be seen leading the host team Japan.
Breanna Stewart and Elena Delle Donne are the best basketball players from the Team USA. American Women are looking to clinch their seventh consecutive gold medal at the upcoming Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games.