Blahuskova Joins Sopron

01.07.2004

Czech Republic international Lucie Blahuskova has signed for Hungarian side Sopron from Celta Vigo.

The 24-year-old center, who starred in last year's European Championships, has agreed a one-year contract with Sopron.

Blahuskova told www.basket.idnes.cz: "I was satisfied in Vigo but I will play in the European league this season and that was the most important reason for my move to Hungary."

She will be the only Czech player in the Sopron side, but is not overly concerned by that.

"There is a Slovak coach in Sopron - Natalia Hejkova - so I will not have any problem with communication.

Blahuskova was elected MVP of the 2003 European Championship
"I can speak English with the other players. I am happy that Sopron is not very far from the Czech Republic (Brno) as well."

The move also sees Blahuskova link up once again with fellow centre Ivana Matovic, with whom she played at Czech side USK Praha. Blahuskova has struggled with her fitness since January and has had an operation to sort out a long-term knee problem.

"I did not play a lot (last season). My problems with the knee started seven years ago. I hope that I will be in good shape soon. I have swam, ridden a bicycle and ran in the last couple of days."

She is sad to be leaving Spain but overall satisfied with her time in Vigo.

"The top competition in Spain is very good. Valencia was a leader and Barcelona showed its power as well.

"The competition in Spain was very close and it had to be interesting for the fans. There is at least one American player in every team.

"There were usualy around 500 fans when we played at home and they were fantastic. I am satisfied with my last season - except the injury."

The Czech national team are currently in China for two preparation tournaments.

Blahuskova is unsure as to whether she will be available for this summer's Olympics but has been put under no pressure to make her decision quickly.

"We are in touch with coach (Jan) Bobrovsky. I will talk with him after they will be back and I will tell him if he can count with me for Olympics. I am not sure in these days," she said.

"The Olympics is a big challenge but I do not want to be too quick. I am happy that he does not put any pressure on me."


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