BRNO (2010 FIBA World Championship for Women) – The Czech Republic have appointed Lubor Blazek as the coach of the women’s national team.
Blazek, once an assistant to former Czech boss Jan Bobrovsky, has replaced Milan Veverka at the helm.
Veverka had taken the national team job earlier this year. After his team finished 10th at the EuroBasket Women in Latvia in June, he was let go in August.
Blazek, the long-time coach of USK Prague, has been handed the reins at one of the biggest moments in the country’s basketball history with the Czech Republic set to host the 2010 FIBA World Championship for Women.
“I feel that I have a huge responsibility,” Blazek said.
“But I also like the fact that we have the World Championship with us after 43 years.
“Success would be to be among the top eight. Then the team can relax and see what can be achieved. I am convinced that the Czechs still belong to the top and can build on what we have achieved in the past.
“It was important for me to get a pulse from league coaches and the players I spoke to. I felt from them a commitment to participate and get a real taste of the Championship. I firmly believe that we can put together a team that will represent the Czech Republic well.”
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