The Olympic basketball tournaments have a new format, it has been announced.

FIBA confirmed it will stage the Draw Ceremony for the Tokyo 2020 tourneys on February 2.

But, with perhaps a nod to potential Covid-secure bubbles, the opening phase will have three groups of four teams each instead of two groups of six teams each.

The best two teams of each group advance to the knockout quarter-finals along with the two best third-placers.

It means medallists will play six games and not eight as in in the previous format.

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