The 32 teams due to compete at this year's FIBA World Cup have been confirmed ©FIBA

International Basketball Federation (FIBA) officials have praised the qualification system introduced for the 2019 World Cup as the governing body confirmed the 32 teams who will compete at this year's men's tournament in China.

The sixth and final qualification window for the competition, due to run from August 31 to September, concluded this week.

Olympic and World Cup silver medallists Serbia were among the nations to only secure their place at the event in the last window as they beat Israel 97-76 in Belgrade on Sunday (February 24).

They are one of 31 teams to guarantee their spot at the tournament, along with hosts China.

Defending champions the United States are joined by Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and Venezuela as the seven Americas teams.

Angola, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Senegal and Tunisia will represent Africa, while Australia, Iran, Japan, Jordan, Korea, New Zealand, and The Philippines qualified from Asia.

Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Lithuania, Montenegro, Poland, Russia, Spain and Turkey are the other European countries who are due to take part.

The draw for the tournament is scheduled to be held in Shenzhen on March 16.

The 15-month qualification process for the 2019 FIBA World Cup, which began in November 2017, has been a contentious issue for the sport in recent years after the sport's global governing body dramatically altered the format.

It received criticism from some national team players and was also the subject of a dispute between FIBA and EuroLeague, who clashed over the competition calendar.

The qualification window also included a controversial match between Australia and The Philippines, which ended in a mass brawl and saw both countries sanctioned by FIBA.

"These qualifiers - the first of their kind for the FIBA Basketball World Cup - have made it possible for 80 national teams all over the world to regularly play official games in front of their fans for the right to compete on the biggest stage," said FIBA secretary general Andreas Zagklis, who succeeded the late Patrick Baumann following his sudden death in Buenos Aires in October.

"None of this would have been possible without the support and collaboration of our National Member Federations, their respective leagues and clubs. 

"Therefore, on FIBA's behalf, we want to thank the entire basketball family for doing their part in helping us transition into a new era for basketball worldwide."