Content Update : 4/04/2017
France Wheelchair Basketball Team Prepares to Compete in Nazareth
All fans of France men’s Wheelchair Basketball team might be really disappointed after they finished second at the World Championships last year. Now they are playing down the chances for success at the 2011 European Championships, so they are trying to focus on London 2012 qualification.
For the European crown (from 8th to 17th of September), twelve men and seven women from the Wheelchair Basketball teams are going to compete in Nazareth, Israel. There will be also five men’s and three women’s spots for the famous London 2012 Paralympic games.
After the lack of qualification for Beijing in 2008, France is motivated to get its priorities right this time by making no mistakes.
It is saying that everybody is picking France for the European Championships, but after the new ranking they will find it difficult to play teams at all. Fans are trying to convince us that France could be one of the World Basketball Leagues, but the reality is that France basketball teams are the smallest ones in Europe, and maybe even in the entire world.
The head coach of the France national basketball team Frank Belen is hoping that soon all the bad feeling of the disappointment will disappear and then he will raise his team up to a top-three or four finish in Nazareth.
Belen also expects to see tough matchups against Italy and Great Britain. In his opinion ten teams are possible to win the Championships and go to London, which just gives a hint that the tournament is going to be extremely tough. However France is preparing to play like never before, the training for Nazareth started already in the beginning of August this year