Center national team of Russia on basketball Bolombi will miss the world Cup due to injury
Center of the Russian national team and CSKA Joel Bolombi will miss the world Cup, informs official site RFB. The 25-year-old basketball player revealed problems with the foot, which he can’t practice.
On Thursday, the coaching staff will name the squad for the friendly tournament in Ningbo. On 26 August the team will play with Argentina, the 28th — with Spain. The final bid for the world Cup will be announced following these meetings.
Bolombi became the eighth basketball player of Russian national team, letting in the world Cup due to injuries. Previously damaged center Timofey Mozgov and Artem Klimenko, point guard Dmitry Khvostov and Ivan Scrapers, offensive defensemen Alexey Shved, Ivan Ukhov and Dmitry Kulagin.
In November 2018, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on awarding Bolombo citizenship of the country. For the Russian national team basketball player debuted in December in the qualifying tournament of the world Cup-2019.
The world basketball championship 2019 will take place from 31 August to 15 September in China. In the group stage Russians will play against Argentina, South Korea and Nigeria. The championship will determine the seven teams that will get a direct place in the Olympics 2020 in Tokyo, as well as 16 participants of the qualifying tournament.