Viteckova Declines Trip To France

22 April 2013

EUROBASKET WOMEN 2013

15. Eva Viteckov√° (Czech Republic)
Eva Viteckova will not play this summer following a decade of service for the Czech Republic senior women's team

Czech Republic will be without another veteran player when they step out at EuroBasket Women this summer after Eva Viteckova confirmed she won't be joining her team-mates in France.

Whilst the 31-year-old stopped short of announcing her retirement from national team duties, her absence will be a significant blow to the prospects of Lubor Blazek and his side, who will no longer be able to call upon Hana Horakova either, after the former FIBA Europe Player of the Year recently called it a day.

Viteckova was named in the All Tournament Team two years ago in Lodz, after averaging 12.8 points and 4.6 rebounds-per-game.

Czech Republic just missed out on a podium finish - having to settle for fourth spot after being beaten in the bronze medal game by France.

Last year, the team struggled at the London Olympics, managing to scrape into the quarter-finals, only winning two of their six games.

Despite this, Viteckova again showed her quality by finishing as the Czech Republic's top scorer in the British capital, with 15.2 points-per-game.

She cited mental and physical fatigue as the reason for missing this summers' action, after an astonishing run of exactly a decade, playing successive major tournaments each and every year.

The wing player has also spent 13 consecutive seasons competing in EuroLeague Women outside of the summer months in her homeland, the last three with ZVVZ USK Prague and the previous decade in Brno.

Czech Republic will match up with Belarus, Croatia and Lithuania in Group D which will be played in Trelaze.


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