World Cup 2022: The Belgian Cats will face the United States, Russia and Puerto Rico in Washington in a qualifying tournament.

This qualifying stage, consisting of four groups from four countries, will take place from February 10 to 13, 2022. Thus, Belgium, the sixth country in the FIBA ​​rankings, will face the Americans, first in the FIBA ​​rankings and triple. Reigning world champions, as well as Russia (FIBA 12) and Puerto Rico (FIBA 17).

Belgium cannot be included in the France group and two countries from the same continent can be in the same group.

The top three places in each group will qualify for Australia. Excluding the groups of Australia, the host country and the United States, the Olympic champions and those who have already qualified but are still competing in these qualifiers, the other two best countries will win their tickets to Sydney.

This trip to Washington will certainly be special for Emma Messman, who wore the colors of the Mystics for seven seasons between 2013 and 2020, with a break in 2018. The 28-year-old Belgian even shone with the American franchise, winning the WNBA title in 2019 after being named MVP in the finals.

Belgian Kats finished fourth in their first ever World Cup final, 2018 in Tenerife. France’s Valérie Demouri, who replaced Philippe Moustadagh in the wake of the Olympics, started his career at the head of the cats with a defeat in Bosnia and Herzegovina (87-81) in his first Euro 2023 qualifier. He then reversed his team. Direction against Germany (84-55).

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