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Factbox on basketball

Basketball, which dates back to the 1890s, made its Olympic debut as a demonstration sport at the 1904 St Louis Games.

The USA will take a wealth of talent from their domestic NBA league.
The USA will take a wealth of talent from their domestic NBA league.

Basketball, which dates back to the 1890s, made its Olympic debut as a demonstration sport at the 1904 St Louis Games. The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) was formally recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 1935, paving the way for the sport to be included as a men's event at the 1936 Berlin Olympics where the first gold medal was won by the United States. Women's basketball joined the Games in 1976 in Montreal where the gold medal was won by the Soviet Union. In 1989, FIBA voted to abolish the distinction between amateurs and professionals, enabling some of the world's best players to take part in the 1992 Barcelona Games. Classification games for 5th to 12th have been eliminated.

Twelve teams will compete in the men's and the women's tournaments. Men's ? China, Spain, Angola, United States, Argentina, Iran, Russia, Lithuania, Germany, Greece, Croatia and Australia. Women's ? Australia, China, South Korea, Mali, New Zealand, Russia, Brazil, Latvia, Belarus, Czech Republic, Spain and the United States.

Men: Argentina Women: United States

Aug. 23 ? Women's Aug. 24 ? Men's

Olympic Basketball Gymnasium *Reuters