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Puerto Rican women’s basketball with the possibility of replacing Russia in the World Cup

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FIBA will decide on March 25 if they will let the Russian team compete in the event. The Russians claimed the last ticket to the World Cup with a win over Puerto Rico.

The freezing of Russia’s qualification for the FIBA Women’s World Cup opens a door of possibility for the Puerto Rican Women’s National Team to occupy the space of the Europeans in that event, which begins in September.

The door opens for two reasons: Russia’s classification is frozen and, second, Puerto Rico would be a candidate to replace Russia because their opportunity was obtained with a victory over the islanders a few weeks ago.

FIBA today made the draw for 12 teams qualified for the World Cup and left Russia’s space open in Group A. Instead of writing the name of Russia, it placed the acronym TBD (to be determined) in its space. If they block Russia due to the present Ukraine invasion, Puerto Rico will get their spot and qualify for the World Cup.

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