Most of them will complete their first training session in Mariánské Lázně on Tuesday, only pivot Jan Veselý will arrive on Saturday and Vít Krejčí, according to the rules intended for NBA players, can only participate in team training with the national team from Thursday.
“Next week in Poděbrady, where the national team camp continues, we will be complete. On paper, this is probably the best choice that could be made in recent years. I am glad that each of the invited players wants represent their country,” said Ginzburg, whose wards will also prepare for the camp in Chomutov in the coming days.
The final nomination of twelve players for the EC, which will return to Prague after 41 years, will only become clear after the August preparatory tournaments in Pardubice (August 12 with Bulgaria, August 14 with Croatia) and Hamburg (August 19 with Germany, 8/20 with Serbia or Italy) and two qualifying duels for advancement to the World Championship (8/24 in France and 8/27 in Chomutov with Hungary).
|A wider cadre of basketball players for the European Championship 2022|
|Tomáš Satoranský (Barcelona/Sp.), Ondřej Sehnal (Braunschweig/Germany), Viktor Půlpán (Brno), Tomáš Vyoral (Pardubice)|
|Jaromír Bohačík, Tomáš Kyzlink (both Bamberg/Germany), Vojtěch Hruban (London/Britain), Lukáš Palyza (Nymburk), David Jelínek (Murcia/Spain), Vít Krejčí (Oklahoma/NBA)|
|Jan Veselý (Barcelona/(Sp.), Martin Kříž (Nymburk), Patrik Auda (Jokohama/Japan), Ondřej Balvín (Prometheus/Ukr.), Martin Peterka (Braunschweig/Germany)|
“The training program is quite tight. But every match will be a great confrontation before the event, which will certainly be watched by many in the Czech Republic and the whole basketball community is excited about it,” said the coach. The core of the team consists of players who took sixth place in the World Championship three years ago or last year they played in the Olympics in Tokyo.
“I don’t look at the last two matches before the championship as a warm-up, it’s important to give our best in them, because we still have a chance to get to the World Championship as well. Our main event is the European Championship, but we want to keep the opportunity to progress to the next top event,” added Ginzburg.
The Czechs will enter the European Championship on September 2 in Prague’s O2 arena from 5:30 pm against Poland, and in the group they will always face Serbia (September 3), Netherlands (September 5), Finland (September 6) in the same time. ) and Israel (September 8). If the basketball players are among the four to advance, they will play in the round of 11 on September 11 against one of the teams in the Milan group, which consists of Italy, Greece, Croatia, Ukraine, Great Britain and Estonia.