Participating National Teams:
Qualification system for the ten countries:
- Dominican Republic
- Puerto Rico
Zone'sQualification (10 Teams)
Of the 10 participant teams, 8 qualified after playing in the qualificationtournaments from their respective Zones celebrated during 2008.
Argentina was awarded this tournament so another team from South America is added. Paraguayfinished fifth in South America and is granted a spot in the tournament. Canadaautomatically qualified as they are one of the two representatives of the NorthAmerica Zone. The United States does not need to play since they won Gold inthe 2010 FIBA World Championship which gave them a spot for the 2012 Olympics.
- Centrobasket (Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Panama, Cuba)
- Sudamericano (Brazil, Uruguay, Venezuela, Paraguay)
With the participation of ten (10) teams, and under FIBA's current Games Rules,this Championship will be played in three (3) rounds. If there is a tie for thesame position during the First and Second Rounds, the respective systemestablished by FIBA for that kind of situations will be also utilize. The teamswill be divided in two (2) groups of five (5) teams each.
The best four teams in each group move on to the Second Round wherein they will play the four teams from the other group. The Second Round will be played from September 5th to 8th. The Semi-Finals will be played on September 10th and the Finals the next day. The first two teams will qualify to the Olympic Games while those teams that arrive from 3rd to 5th place will have to play in a World Olympic Qualifier in a city to be determined. There they will get another chance to qualify to the Olympic Games.