Basketball Sport Mascot Athens 2004
Athens 2004 Olympic Mascot Pin
Basketball at the 2004 Summer Olympics took place at the Helliniko Olympic Indoor Arena, a part of the Hellinikon Olympic Complex, in Athens, for the preliminary rounds, with the later stages being held in the Olympic Indoor Hall at the Athens Olympic Sports Complex. The tournament was notable for Argentina’s upset victory of the heavily-favored United States men’s team.
In Olympic basketball tournaments, 12 teams take part. The host nation (Greece in 2004) automatically receives a berth in the tournament. By winning the two World Championship tournaments in 2002, Yugoslavia, now named Serbia and Montenegro, also put a team into the men’s tournament and the United States a team in the women’s tournament.
The remaining 10 spots in each tournament were allocated by the five Olympic zones. Each of these zones held its own tournaments to select its entries in the Olympic tournament. Africa was allocated one spot in each of these, Oceania was allocated two apiece, and Europe was allocated three. Furthermore, the Americas were allocated three teams for the men’s tournament and just one in the women’s tournament, whereas Asia was allocated just one in the men’s tournament and three in the women’s tournament.
The pin depicts the mascot in Basketball Sport
Product: Olympic Mascot Pin
Pin code: #03-004-018
Official Licensed Product
Licensed Manufacturer: Efsimon Collection