Joel Embiid will not participate in Euro 2022 with the France team

Joel Embiid in the blue jersey, it will not be for this summer. Asked on Saturday, the general manager of the Blues, Boris Diaw, confirmed that the Cameroonian pivot, naturalized French since July 5, would not join the France group which has been preparing for the Euro since Friday (September 1-18) and the start of the second phase of qualifying for the 2023 World Cup.

His application for naturalization was accepted “Confirms the former captain of the Blues. ” We know that he is still waiting for a French passport. When he has obtained it, he can start the process and apply for a FIBA ​​license for the national team. He would have liked to play this summer if he had not been injured. But he underwent hand surgery and did not return to basketball. For him as for Victor Wembanyama (whose package was announced on Friday), that would be too fair (for the Euro) ”, continues the general manager of the Blues gathered since Friday at INSEP, in Paris for medical tests and photo and video shoots.

From Sunday, they will begin their active preparation at the Nanterre Sports Palace before playing 6 matches from August 7, 4 friendlies and 2 qualifiers for the 2023 World Cup, on August 24 in Paris against the Czech Republic and on 27 in Sarajevo. against Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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