Open training session of the national basketball team, July 21, 2023, Podebrady.
Brno – The Czech basketball players have to do without the injured Jaromír Bohačík from Bamberg in the preparatory tournament in Brno against Argentina and Belgium and in the subsequent pre-qualification for the Olympic Games in Tallinn and possibly also in Gliwice. James Karnik from Brno. Coach Diego Ocampo's staff, on the other hand, was already planned to be supplemented after the tournament in Portugal by the only Czech representative in the NBA, Vít Krejčí from Atlanta and Martin Peterka, who returned from Strasbourg to Braunschweig.
“Jarda Bohačík is still suffering from an achilles tendon from the previous season, and it needs to be treated so that he is ready for the next one,” national team manager Michal Šob told reporters about the experienced 31-year-old winger, who last represented the European Championship last September in Prague and Berlin .
“James Karnik still has a long-term complication with his knee. We somehow managed to prepare him during the February representative window so that he was able to play at least two competitive matches for the national team and then he had a longer time off. he was able to fully train with us. For both of them, it is a matter of finishing long-term injuries,” Šob added.
Twenty-five-year-old native Canadian with Czech ancestry, Karnik made his debut in the Czech national team last August in Pardubice against Bulgaria. He played his first competitive match in February at the same venue in the World Cup qualifier against France and then in Podgorica against Montenegro.
In the absence of Bohačík and Karnik, Ocampo has sixteen players, but due to problems with his ankle from the tournament in Portugal, Ondřej Hanzlík from Baskonia is not training. In the Starez Arena Vodova, the Czechs will face Argentina on Friday and Belgium on Sunday. The Czechs will enter the pre-qualification for the 2024 Olympics in Tallinn on August 12 in Group A against the home country of Estonia, and Israel and North Macedonia await them in the next matches. The first two teams will advance to the semi-finals, where they will compete in Gliwice with the successful teams from Group B, which consists of Poland, Portugal, Hungary and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Nomination of Czech basketball players for the tournament in Brno (4.- August 6) and pre-qualification for the Olympic Games in Tallinn and Gliwice (August 12-20):
Quarterbacks: Viktor Půlpán (Brno), Ondřej Sehnal (Nymburk), Ondřej Švec (USK Prague),< /p>
wings: Richard Bálint (Brno), Ondřej Hanzlík (Girona/Sp.), Vojtěch Hruban (London/Brit.), Vít Krejčí (Atlanta/NBA), Tomáš Kyzlink (Limoges/Fr.), Spencer Svejcar (Ústí nad Labem), Matěj Svoboda (Děčín),
pivots: Šimon Puršl (Brno), David Böhm (USK Prague), Martin Kříž (Nymburk), Ondřej Husták (Zamora Enamora/Šp.) , Michal Kozák (Hamburg/Germany), Martin Peterka (Strasbourg/Fr.).