Great Britain learn their FIBA World Cup 2019 qualification fate

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Great Britain have learned their first two opponents in next season's qualifiers, as the road to the FIBA World Cup 2019 in China begins.

All 24 nations, including GB, who reached this summer's EuroBasket 2017 tournament, were entered automatically into the draw, which took place in the Chinese city of Guangzhou.

Britain were the final team to be pulled from the European section and know they will face Greece and Israel in Group H.

A fourth team will be determined from 13 nations who failed to make it to EuroBasket this year. GB will know their final qualifying opponent in August, when the 13 meet in a pre-qualifying tournament.

All four teams will play each other home and away, with fixtures to be played in November 2017, February and June 2018 under FIBA's new system of international windows.

Three teams will advance from that group into a 2nd qualifying round which takes place on a similar basis during the 2018-19 season.

GB will know plenty about the Greeks by the time the qualifiers begin in November. The two teams are due to meet in London, on Saturday August 19th in a game staged at London's Copper Box, as part of the build-up to FIBA EuroBasket 2017.

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