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French basketball star Noah out of Olympics squad

Latest update : 04/07/2012

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French basketball star Joakim Noah announced Wednesday he will not attend the Olympic Games in London next month. The Chicago Bulls centre has been ruled out with a niggling ankle injury.

REUTERS - Frenchman Joakim Noah will miss the Olympic Games because he has not fully recovered from an ankle injury, the Chicago Bulls centre said on Wednesday.

“I am absolutely not ready. Not ready to run, not ready to jump. I’m not fit enough to play in the Olympic Games,” Noah told French sports daily L’Equipe.

Noah, who averaged 10.2 points and 9.8 rebounds per game this season, picked up the ankle injury in a playoff game against the Philadelphia Sixers in May.

France are also sweating on Tony Parker’s condition as the San Antonio Spurs point guard is doubtful with an eye injury.


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