Yao Ming, chairman of the Chinese Basketball Association, pictured with star player Yi Jianlian after their loss to Nigeria at the 2019 Fiba World Cup. Photo: Xinhua

Fiba World Cup: China miss out on Olympic qualification spot after falling flat on home soil

  • Chairman Yao Ming says he will take full responsibility
  • China finish with two wins and fall behind Iran on point difference
Topic |   FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019

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Yao Ming, chairman of the Chinese Basketball Association, pictured with star player Yi Jianlian after their loss to Nigeria at the 2019 Fiba World Cup. Photo: Xinhua
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China’s men’s basketball team look dejected after losing to Venezuela at the 2019 Fiba World Cup in Beijing. Photo: Xinhua

Does China crashing out of the Fiba Basketball World Cup make them the worst sporting hosts ever?

  • Host nations have a long history of under-performing on home turf across biggest events in sport
  • China’s best possible finish is 17th and they will watch on as someone lifts the trophy in Beijing on September 15
Topic |   FIBA (International Basketball Federation)

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China’s men’s basketball team look dejected after losing to Venezuela at the 2019 Fiba World Cup in Beijing. Photo: Xinhua
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