Belediyespor and Dallas Wings centre Kristine Anigwe has been given a first call-up by Great Britain for next week’s Olympic qualifiers in Belgrade.

The 22-year-old was born and raised in London until moving to the USA at the age of ten and hence qualifies as a national player. She was a first-round draft pick for the Connecticut Sun before moving to the Dallas Wings where she played alongside her new GB team-mate, Karlie Samuelson.

Averaging 2.4 points and 2.4 rebounds in the WNBA last term, she is currently playing for Izmit Belediyespor in Turkey but is likely to earn a GB debut against China in next week’s opening qualifier in Belgrade in a group that also includes South Korea and Spain.

“I’m really excited to join my new team-mates and join a whole new family,” she told the BBF website.

“It’s a blessing. I’m expecting a lot of fun and a lot of competition. I know it’s a really tough bracket but I really believe in this team and believe we can shock a lot of people and make history.

“I’ve been talking with the coach for a while now and everything has been coming together for me to be on the team.”

Rescheduled GB fixtures
Thurs 6: GB v China (11am GMT)
Sat 8: GB v S Korea (11am)
Sun 10: GB v Spain (1.30pm)

However further doubts have emerged over China’s participation in light of the coronavirus outbreak that saw the qualifiers moved to Serbia from Foshan.

Chinese women’s football team have been quarantined in Brisbane ahead of a qualifying tournament moved from their country to Sydney with reports suggesting they may have to forfeit matches or miss the tournament completely.

Three places at Tokyo 2020 are available from each of the three-team basketball pools.

Pic: University of California

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