Eight world champions in 2019 (Ricky Rubio, Sergio Llull, Rudy Fernández, Víctor Claver, Juancho Hernangómez, Willy Hernangómez, Marc Gasol and Pierre Oriola), the returns of Pau Gasol, Sergio Rodriguez Y Alex Abrines four years after his last championship and debut in a call-up of Usman Garuba Y Sergi Martinez are the most outstanding notes of the list of 18 players summoned by Sergio Scariolo to prepare for this summer’s Olympics in Tokyo.
The list is completed by five players (Alberto Abalde, Carlos Alocén, Darío Brizuela, Sebas Saiz and Xabi López-Aróstegui) who have already been part of the team in the World Cup and / or Eurobasket qualifying ‘windows’.
The 18 summoned They are:
The team will meet next Friday the 25th in Madrid, where they will carry out their first training sessions before playing the scheduled preparation matches. It will close its tour on Sunday, July 18 against the United States in Las Vegas, from where it will definitely fly to Tokyo. And after almost a week of acclimatization in the Japanese capital, he will debut at the Olympic Games on Monday, July 26, against Japan.
The technical team of the Selection will be formed by:
Sergio Scariolo (Coach)
Víctor García (Coach)
Luis Guil (Coach)
Jorge Lorenzo (Coach)
Ángel Sánchez Cañete (Coach)
Salva Camps (Coach)
Javier Hernández Bello (Physical trainer)
Enrique Salinas (Physical trainer)
José Antonio Fernández (Physiotherapist)
Jordan Sospedra (Physiotherapist)
David Urbano (Physiotherapist)
Carlos Salas (Doctor)
Lorena Torres (Biomedical)
Alberto Pérez (Delegate)
David Ortega (Material)
Sergio Scariolo: “We want to be among the medal contenders”
The coach has described the squad called up as “a heterogeneous group, with players who have finished recently and others who have finished long ago. That’s why the first step this summer will be to standardize everyone’s fitness level. This is the reason why the summoned list is longer than normal ”. The coach has highlighted “the continuity of the historical group that is taking its last steps but with the ability to continue contributing its quality, efficiency and commitment” and also “the group of young and very young who have already had a journey in training teams. As always, the Selection is an open group that not only works in the present but also in the future ”. Scariolo added that he is fully confident that the team can work under the best possible conditions despite the difficulties in preparing to have fun and compete ”. He acknowledged that the preparation will be a little shorter and that the Olympic Games “will be extremely competitive, with an increasingly wide group of candidates to fight for the medals, a group in which we obviously want to be”.
Jorge Garbajosa: “A renewed commitment and an even more special illusion”
The president of the FEB has valued that it is “a new challenge: to compete in the Olympic Games as current world champions” and has highlighted “the commitment of the players, which this year is even more special after a complicated year and a half . His commitment has surpassed it all ”. For the president of the FEB, “everyone has renewed their ability to get excited and get excited”. Garbajosa has remarked “the illusion of this summer, even with little time to prepare but I am convinced that we will again compete at the highest level and we will return from Tokyo with our heads high”. The president of the FEB has reiterated his “gratitude to all the players for renewing their commitment and to the technical staff for their extraordinary work in the last year.” Garbajosa has also confirmed that all the players will join the concentration with the complete vaccination schedule, and in this he has thanked the effort and involvement of the Government, the CSD and the clubs. “Now our challenge, as Scariolo says, will be to achieve a balance between the conditions of sanitary protection and pleasant working conditions and coexistence”.