Qatar have been eliminated from the FIBA 3x3 Under-18 World Cup in the group stages ©FIBA

Defending champions Qatar have been knocked out of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) 3x3 Under-18 World Cup in the group stages in Chengdu today.

After winning one and losing one of their opening two matches earlier this week, Qatar fell to consecutive defeats in Group B today at a court set up outside the Global Center in the Chinese city.

They were first narrowly beaten 14-13 by New Zealand before Georgia inflicted further damage as they ran out 19-17 winners.

New Zealand went on to secure second place in Group B after also beating Bahrain 21-10 today.

Top spot went to Ukraine after they finished the pool stages with their 100 per cent record intact.

In today's play, the Europeans first defeated Bahrain 17-5 before thrashing Georgia 21-6.

Hungary also won both of their matches today as they advanced to the quarter-finals from Pool C with an unbeaten record.

They proved too strong for both China and South Korea, recording 17-14 and 22-13 wins respectively.

Also through from Pool C are Slovenia after they first defeated Turkey 21-14 before sealing their progression with a tight 18-15 win over China.

In the women's competition, reigning champions France are safely through to the last eight of the competition.

After losing to Spain the first round of Group D matches, the French went on to win their other three games, including two today.

France are through to the quarter-finals of the women's event ©FIBA
France are through to the quarter-finals of the women's event ©FIBA

They beat Kazakhstan 17-10 first before recording a 21-11 win over Egypt.

Spain are also through after they sealed top spot with two more victories.

In their opening match today the Europeans thrashed Egypt 21-2 while Singapore did not provide much more competition as they were soundly beaten 22-4.

In Group A, the United States clinched first place with 19-11 and 20-11 wins over Switzerland and Australia respectively today.

Hungary are also through in second place.

They opened today's Group A action with a 12-8 win over Switzerland before comfortably beating Japan 21-8.

Action is due to conclude tomorrow with a busy day of finals.

Play will begin with quarter-finals, which will be followed by the semi-finals, third-place play-off and final.

The 3x3 discipline was officially added to the programme for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games earlier this month.