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Ottawa, Nov 8 (Canadian-Media): Ahead of their Olympic pre-qualifying tournament in Edmonton (Alberta) next week, the Canadian women's national basketball team reached a program-best fourth place in the world rankings, media reports said.
Top ranking was maintained by the U.S. while Australia and Spain round out the top three.
A new women's ranking system was launched by International Basketball Federation (FIBA) on Friday to accompany a new competition system that kicks off this month.
Recognized as the sole competent authority in basketball by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), FIBA is an independent association formed by 213 National Basketball Federations throughout the world and is the world governing body for basketball.
The newly announced rankings are based on a variety of game results, including regional pre-qualifiers, the World Cup final and Continental Cups and reflects a move from a competition-based system to a game-based one, meaning rankings are based on the results of games rather than tournament standings.
Canada is getting ready to compete in the Olympic pre-qualifying Americas tournament next week in Edmonton, with hopes of advancing to the final qualifying tournament in February.