Women's Basketball World Cup 2022: Nigeria avoid holders USA in group draw

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USA Women in action against NigeriaUSA's women beat Nigeria 81-72 at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics last year en route to their seventh successive gold at the Games

African champions Nigeria have avoided holders United States in the group-stage draw for the Women's Basketball World Cup, which will take place later this year.

The USA, bidding for their fourth consecutive Women's World Cup, will face Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, China, South Korea and one other side in Group A in Sydney.

Russia had qualified for the tournament, but world governing body Fiba has excluded Russian teams and officials from its competitionsexternal-link following Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

As a result, the final team to compete is yet to be determined, with a decision expected on 25 March when Fiba's central board holds its next meeting .

The top four teams in each group will proceed to the quarter-finals at the tournament, which will be held from 22 September to 1 October.

The Americans, ranked number one in the world, swept past Japan to clinch a seventh straight Olympic Games gold last August and have won a record 10 World Cups.

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