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Statements Laia Palau and Lucas Mondelo: “We are not the Rio team but we can repeat it”
The Olympic dream of the Women’s National Team will begin at dawn from Sunday to Monday, July 26. The national team is measured at Korea at the Saitama Arena (03:00 hours) in which will be the opening match of the tournament.
This is the first match of the group stage phase in which Spain will also face Serbia and Canada. The first two of each group and the two best third parties of the three groups that make up the tournament are classified. That is why ensuring the first win on the first day raises the options of accessing the quarterfinals.
It will be decisive to stop the Korean star, Ji Su Park and for this the work of inner players in defense will be vital, so it is expected that players like Laura Gil or Raquel Carrera assume the marking of the Korean. Jihyun park is with 18 years, one of the young people to consider and Hyejin Park, the most experienced of the Asian squad.
No component of the rival team has played an Olympic Games. The last participation of the country was in Beijing 2008. In Los Angeles (1974) the Korean team achieved its best classification by getting the silver medal. For its part, Spain begins its sixth Games and as its most immediate antecedent it has the silver of Rio 2016, a merit that this group will try to reissue.
The Asian team has never managed to beat Spain in an official competition. However, every rival is complicated in an opening match and more so, in a 12-team tournament in which the qualification to the next phase will be decided by adjusted results given the high level of the participants.
On Thursday, July 29, Spain will face its next challenge against the current EuroBasket champion of Valencia, Serbia (10:20 am) and will close the group stage with the clash against Canada (03:00 am).