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Turkey to play United States in group stage at basketball world cup this summer

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Turkey will face the United States, the tournament’s top seed, in the upcoming national basketball teams world cup, Reuters reported.

In Group E, Turkey will also play Czech Republic and Japan.

The 32-team FIBA World Cup tournament will be held Aug. 31 to Sept. 15 in China. The United States is the two-time defending champion.

The second-ranked team, Spain, headlines Group C and will play Puerto Rico, Iran and Tunisia in pool play. Spain won the World Cup in 2006.

France, the third-ranked team, was placed in Group G with the Dominican Republic, Germany and Jordan.

The United States will play all of its group games in Shanghai. The championship game will be played in Beijing.

Seven nations will qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics based on their World Cup finish. Host Japan has an automatic berth, and the four other teams that will compete in the Olympics will earn their way to Tokyo through qualifying tournaments.

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