China's quest to enter the Olympics is not completely dead. Despite missing the opportunity to qualify through the FIBA World Cup tournament, team China may try their luck in the upcoming 2020 FIBA qualification tournament.
After losing to Nigeria 86-73 in the last FIBA World Cup game, China lost the lone Asian Olympic qualifying spot available in the World Cup. Yao Ming, the most successful Chinese basketball legend and current Chinese Basketball Association chairman, frowned and cried.
Zhou Qi, the former NBA player for Houston Rockets, got himself on fire for two critical turnovers in the final moments against Poland in the 2019 FIBA World Cup. Those turnovers led to a bitter 76-79 loss for the Chinese team against the Polish in overtime.