Puerto Rico's women's basketball team has qualified for the Olympic Games for the first time, according to the International Basketball Federation.

Although Puerto Rico lost to France 89-51 in its last match at the qualifying tournament in Bourges, France, on Sunday, Brazil was eliminated by Australia, guaranteeing Puerto Rico's first qualifier victory.

"Historic!" the Basketball Federation of Puerto Rico posted on Facebook.

"It's a dream come true," said Luis Miranda, general director of Puerto Rico's Women's Basketball League, Spanish news agency EFE reported. "Through the last five years in the Women's Basketball League in Puerto Rico (BSNF) we've worked so that the women on the team have the highest degree" of skill.

It's a big win for Puerto Rico, which has been beset by a slew of bad headlines recently, from a continuing series of earthquakes to news that badly needed Hurricane Maria relief supplies had been in a warehouse since the hurricane hit the island more than two years ago.

France and Australia also qualified for the Summer Games basketball tournament in Tokyo.

"FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup 2018 champions USA and Olympic hosts Japan qualified directly," according to the international federation.

Stay Informed

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Please log in, or sign up for a new, free account to read or post comments.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.