Australia announce 12-strong Basketball Team for Tokyo

Australia announce 12-strong Basketball Team for Tokyo

The Australian Olympic Committee has announced the 12-strong Australian Olympic Basketball Team for Tokyo, featuring two four-time Olympians Patty Mills and Joe Ingles and seven Olympic debutants.

Mills and Ingles fourth Olympics is behind only Andrew Gaze’s five Games for an Australian basketballer, while Matthew Dellavedova and Aron Baynes return for their third Games and Chris Goulding makes his second Olympic Team.

Olympic debutants Dante Exum, Joshua Green, Nick Kay, Jock Landale, Duop Reath, Nathan Sobey and Matisse Thybulle complete the squad which is bursting with international experience

The Boomers will launch their campaign for their first Olympic medal against Nigeria on 25 July, with their two remaining pool opponenets to be confirmed at the final Olympic Qualifying tournaments currently being played in Europe.

Chef de Mission for the Australian Olympic Team for Tokyo Ian Chesterman congratulated the basketballers on their selection.

“It’s fantastic to announce these 12 athletes to the Australian Olympic Team for Tokyo,” Chesterman said. “The Boomers bring such an incredible spirit that inspires the whole Australian Team and I look forward to seeing the Boomers bring that energy to Tokyo.

“These athletes have all shown incredible commitment to the green and gold, are a great mix of those making their Olympic debut with some real veterans and I know their desire to take that Olympic court in Tokyo is immense.

“Today is a day to celebrate for the players, as well as their families, friends, clubs and teammates who have helped them become the players they are today.

“There will be millions of Australians cheering on from back home, who share the passion of the Boomers in their quest to win a medal in Tokyo.”

Jock Landale
Doup Reath
Joshua Green
Matisse Thybulle
Nathan Sobey
Nicholas Kay
Dante Exum
Aron Baynes
Joe Ingles
Patty Mills
Chris Goulding
Matthew Dellavedova

Fonte: Australia.

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