Canada's World Cup-bound men's basketball team to play Spain, Argentina in friendlies

TORONTO — Canada's men's basketball team will play exhibition games against Spain and Argentina this summer in preparation for the 2023 FIBA World Cup.

The Canadians, who have clinched a World Cup berth and are 10-0 in qualifying, will play host Spain on Aug. 17 and Argentina on Aug. 18 in Granada.

Players will gather in Toronto for training camp in early August to begin World Cup preparations.

Canada secured its World Cup berth with a 94-56 win over Venezuela on Nov. 11 in Edmonton. Canada concludes the sixth and final window of Americas qualifiers next month, when they travel to Argentina on Feb. 23 and Venezuela on Feb. 26.

Indonesia, one of the three host countries for the World Cup, selected Canada as the preferred team to play group phase games in Jakarta. Other groups are in Japan and and the Philippines.

The final phase will be played in Manila, Philippines.

Canada, currently No. 15 in the world, can qualify for the 2024 Paris Olympics if it is among the top two finishers from the Americas at the World Cup.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 18, 2023.

The Canadian Press