South Sudan has secured their place in the 2024 Paris Olympics after emerging as the highest-ranked African team in the 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup.
This remarkable achievement marks a historic moment for South Sudan, a nation participating in the FIBA Basketball World Cup for the very first time. Their qualification for the Olympics is a testament to their rapid progress in international basketball.
Nuni Omot, expressing his awe and gratitude, shared, “It’s truly unbelievable. It’s a dream come true for all of us. Our journey as an independent country began in 2011, and nobody could have imagined we’d reach this point. Now, we have the incredible opportunity to proudly represent South Sudan on the Olympic stage. The emotions are overwhelming, and this success is one of the most remarkable sports stories in recent memory. I feel immensely blessed to be a part of it.”
In addition to South Sudan’s qualification, there are still automatic spots available in the Olympic Qualifying Tournaments for other African teams that remain in contention and continue to compete in the Classification Round. As long as these teams avoid finishing among the bottom five in the tournament, they will earn a place in one of the Olympic Qualifying Tournaments scheduled for 2024.
South Sudan now joins the ranks of the three confirmed teams for the 2024 Olympics, alongside the host nation France and Australia. This leaves five more automatic berths available, creating further excitement and anticipation for the remaining competitions at the World Cup.