Basketball World Cup 2023: Japan Defeats Cape Verde, Qualifies for Paris Olympics

The Yomiuri Shimbun
The Japan men’s basketball team celebrates in Okinawa City on Saturday after qualifying for the Olympics.

NAHA — Japan defeated Cape Verde 80-71 at the FIBA Basketball World Cup on Saturday evening at Okinawa Arena in Okinawa Prefecture, securing the team’s spot at the 2024 Paris Olympics on their own for the first time in 48 years as the top Asian team from the World Cup.

Classification Round 17-32 – Group O – Japan v Cape Verde – Okinawa Arena, Okinawa, Japan – September 2, 2023 Japan’s Yuki Togashi in action with Cape Verde’s Will Tavares