Twelve teams per gender are set to compete in Baku from June 13 through 28 in an event that many have dubbed the most important addition to the international sporting calendar in 50 years. The start of the men’s tournament will follow 24 hours later on Sunday, June 14, with Italy and Slovakia being the first ones to take the court at the Crystal Hall, one of the most iconic venues of the Games.
Click here for a detailed schedule of the men’s competition (all starting times are local)
Click here a detailed schedule of the women’s competition (all starting times are local)
The six teams in each pool will play a single round robin, meaning that each team plays against each other once. The top four teams from each pool will qualify to the quarterfinals. The 1st in each pool will play against the 4th placed team from the opposite pool, and there will be a draw conducted to decide if the 2nd placed team in Pool A plays against the 2nd or the 3rd placed team in Pool B. The team that is not drawn will play against the 3rd placed team from Pool A. The four winners of the quarterfinals will then play off in the semi-finals ensuring that should the top two teams from each pool qualify, the 1st placed team from Pool A will face the 2nd placed team from Pool B, and vice versa. The bronze and gold medal matches will then follow on June 27 and 28 for women and men, respectively.
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