01 Апрель 2017USA Bastetball players will play at EuroBasket Women - 2017!
USA Bastetball players will play at EuroBasket Women - 2017!
Such decision was made yesterday at FIBA Central Board in Munich.
During last years USA women basketball players are the rightfully called the strongest in the World. They won gold medals at 9 World Championships and were the winners of 8 Olympic Tournaments. But till this year it was impossible for Diana Taurasi & Co to become also the European Champions. And now FIBA decided to correct this awful injustice. This summer all United States Women's Olympic Basketball Team – 2016 members will join one of European national team and finally have an ability to fight for EuroBasket-2017 gold medals in Czech Republic in June 16-25.
There will be a special draft in Prague on June 12 where EuroBasket women participants seeded after Qualification tournament for 5th to 16th can select to their roster one of Rio 2016 Olypmpic Games winners form USA. The 16th team will select first, 15th selects second etc.
Thus, it is very likely that national team of Slovenia, Belgium and Hungary will catch such superstars like Diana TAURASI, Angel MCCOUGHTRY and Brittney GRINER, and Belarus and Serbia may rely on young talents Breanna STEWART and Elena DELLE DONNE.
4 high-ranked European teams, including Russia, won’t receive american assistance and will play with their native players. But FIBA has another surprise for them. National teams of Russia, France. Spain and Turkey will take part in FIBA Euroleague Women 2017/2018! That will help their members to have more game practice and invaluable experience of competing against the best basketball players and the strongest clubs of Europe and accordingly will help to prepare to FIBA World Championship – 2018. European teams haven’t won that tournament since 1983 and it’s time to Russia National Team to try to terminate this unlucky tradition.
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