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Basketball - 03. July 2007.

BRA - Brazil women begin final preparations

RIO DE JANEIRO (National Team) - Brazil's women have started the final stage of training before hosting the Panamerican Games in Rio de Janeiro.
The Selecao are practising in Rio under the guidance of Antonio Carlos Barbosa.

Palmira, 23, is the youngest player in the team, and spent last season with Spanish side CB Olesa.

"I'm very anxious to play the Panamerican Games. I missed the World Championship last year due to injury (back) but now it's my time to represent Brazil in a very important tournament at home," Palmira told the Brazilian
Basketball Confederation's official website.

"I've developed a lot, I'm more mature after a season in Spain and I'm playing better and am more comfortable at guard."

Meanwhile, 28-year-old Micaela claims the team are focused on winning gold in Rio.

"To me, there is no other idea than the gold medal. We have the obligation to win at home and bring joy to Brazilian people," she said.

"We are working very hard to achieve it, with determination and dedication. I'm aware of the responsibility I have in the national team now that I am a veteran in this group."

The women's basketball tournament in the Panamerican Games will be played from July 20 to 24 and Brazil were drawn in Group A, alongside Jamaica, Mexico and Canada.

Matias Greco

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