Basketball at the Summer Olympics has been a men’s sport since 1936 Before being considered a medal basketball was organized as a demonstration in 1904. Women’s basketball made its Olympic debut summer in 1976. Fans who love Olympic Basketball can buy Olympic Basketball Tickets online.
The United States is by far the most successful Olympic basketball country with their men’s teams winning 15 of the 18 tournaments in which they participated including seven consecutive titles from 1936 to 1968. The US women’s teams won 8 titles on participated in 10 tournaments including six consecutive from 1996 to 2016.
In addition to the United States Argentina is the only country that still exists to have won the men’s or women’s tournament. The Soviet Union Yugoslavia and the unified team are the countries that no longer exist and have won the tournament. The United States is the defending champions of the men’s and women’s tournaments.
On June 9, 2017 the International Olympic Committee’s Executive Board announced that 3×3 basketball would become an official Olympic sport starting at the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan for both men and women.
Olympic Basketball was developed by James Naismith in 1891. In just a few decades the new game has become popular across the United States as an indoor sport. The popularity spread overseas and the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) was organized in 1932 in Geneva Switzerland.
USA has won 15 of the 18 men’s Olympic Basketball tournaments in which it has participated and won eight of the ten women’s competitions. This level of dominance shows no sign of diminishing and the USA comfortably beat Serbia in the gold medal match at Rio 2016.
European countries like Spain Serbia and France are perennial contenders in both men’s and women’s competitions while Australia’s women’s team has won a medal in five of the last six games.
Russian Federation while the women’s teams from the People’s Republic of China and Ukraine are prominent. But international rankings in this format of the sport can change quickly adding to the excitement surrounding its Olympic debut at Tokyo 2020.
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