South Sudan Makes History as the Lowest-Ranked Team to Qualify for 2024 Olympic Men’s Basketball Tournament
Point 1: South Sudan, the world’s newest nation, secured a spot in the 2024 Olympic men’s basketball tournament in Paris as the top African nation at the FIBA World Cup. They became the lowest-ranked team to qualify for an Olympic men’s tournament since at least 2004.
Point 2: The Bright Stars, South Sudan’s national team, achieved this milestone after winning three games at the World Cup and defeating Angola, the 11-time African champion. Head coach Royal Ivey expressed his excitement, highlighting the team’s remarkable journey from practicing on flooded outdoor courts to their current success.