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China Women’s Basketball Team Gears Up for Challenging Journey at 2024 Paris Olympics

Beijing, March 20, 2024, The Europe Today: Zheng Wei, head coach of the China women’s basketball team, anticipates a demanding road ahead for her squad as they prepare for the 2024 Paris Olympic Games.

Following the draw held in Mies, Switzerland on Tuesday, it was revealed that China, the runner-up at the 2022 FIBA Women’s World Cup, will be pitted against formidable opponents including Serbia, Spain, and Puerto Rico in this summer’s Olympic basketball tournament.

The 12 participating teams have been divided into three groups, with the top two teams from each group and the two best third-placed teams advancing to the quarterfinals.

Coach Zheng, reflecting on the competitive landscape, emphasized the strength of every team participating in the Olympic Games, highlighting the narrow margin that separates them. She stressed the significance of on-court performances, recognizing that victory or defeat will be determined by the teams’ efforts.

“We should not underestimate any opponent and must prepare ourselves for the challenges ahead,” Zheng remarked.

In light of the team’s grouping in the Paris Olympics, Coach Zheng outlined plans for comprehensive analysis and targeted training sessions once the players assemble in early May. The team aims to engage in preparatory matches against formidable opponents such as Australia, Spain, Serbia, and France to acclimatize to the intensity of international competition.

“By facing these formidable opponents, we hope to swiftly adapt to the competitiveness of international matches,” Zheng remarked.

Looking ahead to the Paris Games, Coach Zheng emphasized the importance of maintaining focus and executing their responsibilities diligently. She expressed optimism that through rigorous training and warm-up matches, the team would be well-equipped to handle the pressure of highly competitive games.

“At the Paris Olympics, we will spare no effort to showcase our mental fortitude and perform at the pinnacle of our abilities, leaving no room for regrets,” Zheng concluded.

The China women’s basketball team is poised to embark on their Olympic journey with determination and resolve, aiming to make their mark on the global stage with unwavering commitment and excellence.