|28 September 2012|
|Lubor Blazek has been at the helm of the Czech Republic women's national team since 2010 |
Lubor Blazek will be at the helm of the Czech Republic women's national team for one more year and maybe two.
The veteran tactician accepted an offer by the Czech Basketball Federation this week to continue with the side that so nearly upset powerhouse France in the Quarter-Finals of the Olympics.
On balance, Blazek has done a terrific job in his three years at the helm since replacing Jan Bobrovsky, with his crowning achievement the silver medal won at the 2010 FIBA World Championship Women on home soil in Karlovy Vary.
Missing Hana Horakova, the World Championship MVP, at last year's EuroBasket Women did not prevent the Czechs from claiming a respectable fourth place.
After claiming a spot at the London Games via the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament for Women in Turkey, the Czechs had a slow start in Britain with losses to China and Turkey.
Yet they hit back with two wins in their next three games to reach the last eight.
The Czechs built an 11-point lead at the start of the fourth quarter against France but couldn't hold on.
The secretary general of the Czech federation, Milos Prazak, said: "The committee of the Czech Basketball Federation reviewed the performance of the team at the Olympic Games and subsequently decided to extend the contract."
For his part, leading the Czechs next year with the possibility of also doing so in Turkey at the World Championship was too good of an opportunity to pass up for Blazek.
"It's interesting work, which I enjoy, so I accepted the offer," he said.
The Czechs will compete against Belarus, Croatia and Lithuania at next year's EuroBasket Women in France.