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China’s Basketball Prospects Brighten as Atinuo Gains Eligibility for the Hangzhou Asian Games

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By: BNN Correspondents
China’s Basketball Prospects Brighten as Atinuo Gains Eligibility for the Hangzhou Asian Games

Atinuo Clears the Eligibility Hurdles

The Chinese men’s basketball team breathed a sigh of relief as Atinuo, a talented naturalized player, secured eligibility to compete in the forthcoming Hangzhou Asian Games. The player’s eligibility had been a topic of contention due to the three-year residency requirement, which Atinuo hadn’t initially fulfilled. This rule had previously impacted other notable players like Davis, who couldn’t participate in the 2014 Incheon Asian Games because of it.

Media Speculation and Fan Anxieties

The possibility of Atinuo’s participation in the Asian Games was a frequent subject of media speculation. The basketball association had not received any official confirmation, leading to increased anxiety among domestic fans. The final word on Atinuo’s participation, therefore, came as a significant relief.

Technical Meeting Marks Participation Confirmation

Atinuo’s inclusion in the technical meeting was a clear indication of his eligibility to participate in the Asian Games. This is a significant boost for the Chinese men’s basketball team, given Atinuo’s critical rebounding and offensive skills in the restricted area.

Team Adjustments in the Face of Player Absence

For the upcoming Asian Games, the Chinese team will have to compensate for the absence of their chief controller, Chen Yingjun, due to injury. Lin Tingqian, a substitute starter, will also be a crucial asset to the team. The team’s head coach, Sang Maosen, hopes that the tall players will shoulder some of the responsibility of organizing the game. In this regard, Atinuo is expected to provide valuable assistance.

Coach Sang’s Anticipated Starter Line-up

In earlier interviews, Coach Sang indicated that the probable starters for the team would include Lin Tingqian, Liu Zheng, Zeng Wending, and Atinuo. The final position would be decided among Abasi, Li Qiwei, and Lu Junxiang.

The Impact of Atinuo’s Participation

Atinuo’s eligibility to participate in the Asian Games is a significant development for the Chinese men’s basketball team and is projected to strengthen their performance. As the team enters the competition, all eyes will be on them, with high expectations riding on their performance.

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