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Basketball - 25. March 2009.

ARG – Sanchez eager to help Argentina reach 2010 FIBA World Championship for Women

BUENOS AIRES (2010 FIBA World Championship for Women) - Carolina Sanchez is anxious to banish the memory of last summer’s failure to qualify for the Olympics by helping Argentina book a place in next year’s FIBA World Championship for Women.

The 1.82m power forward dominated with 18 first-half points against the Czech Republic in Argentina’s opening game of the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Madrid but caught an elbow to the nose at the start of the third quarter and didn’t play again.

Argentina ended up losing to the Czechs, and Angola.

"I would like to join the team for the next call-up that (coach) Eduardo Pinto makes and have a chance to be in the team for the FIBA Americas Championship,” Sanchez said.

"We need to get a good pre-selection of players, and those players that we need return to the team.

“In Europe, there were many good players that didn´t return when called up to the national team and I think that by adding those girls that play in Argentina with those abroad, we could make an interesting team. We all have to be united."

The 32-year-old Sanchez plays in Spain's second division with San Sebastian.

Sanchez followed up the Madrid setback by hurting her knee in the pre-season but she is healthy again.

"The club gave me the chance to come back and I am fully recovered," she said.

"The city (San Sebastian) is very nice and I'm happy living here."

Sanchez has been impressed by the new sense of determination that the German Vaccaro, the president of the Argentinian Basketball Confederation, has shown towards the women's game.

"The expectations with the national team are high because German Vaccaro has showed interest in women´s basketball and I have maintained regular contact with him since he became president,” Sanchez said.

“I feel more support from the Confederation now. I am ready to help out in whatever is necessary.”

Sanchez admits playing for her country is something that is very important to her.

"My first call to the national team was in 1995, having been playing abroad for seven years,” she said on the CABB website.

“I was lucky to play in important tournaments representing my country.”


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