PRAGUE (2010 FIBA World Championship for Women) - Veteran coach Lubor Blazek admits his recent appointment as the Czech Republic national team boss for the 2010 FIBA World Championship for Women is the opportunity of a lifetime.
The 55-year-old, who is the head coach of USK Prague in the EuroLeague Women, worked with the national team before when Jan Bobrovsky was the head coach.
He wasn't certain that he’d be selected for the job following the federation’s decision this summer to part with Bobrovsky’s successor, Milan Veverka.
"I'm glad that I experienced quite a difficult selection process because I think it was possibly the first time there has been such a competition (for Czech women's job)," he said.
"To be appointed the main team coach is an honor for me.
"Leading the Czechs is the peak, even for me."
Blazek says his phone has been ringing off the hook since his appointment.
“For me, it has been very hectic,” he said in an interview with USK Prague’s website.
“I’ve given a lot of interviews but other people are interested as well, not just journalists, which for me has been quite a surprise.”
While he already has his staff in mind, Blazek says what he is looking forward to most is being with the players.
“Once we manage to build a good team, it's very nice work,” he said.
"The most beautiful thing will definitely be to participate in the actual World Championship in the Czech Republic.
"It will surely be unforgettable."
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