China release 12-player list for FIBA Women’s Asia Cup

China release 12-player list for FIBA Women’s Asia Cup

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Beijing, Sep 21 : Chinese women's basketball team has decided on their 12-player squad for the upcoming FIBA Women's Asia Cup, sources told Xinhua on Saturday.

Not fully recovering from injuries, Huang Sijing and Zhang Ru were ruled out from the tournament held from Sept. 24-29 in Bangalore, India. ''Huang Sijing suffered hand fracture, while Zhang Ru was impacted by foot injury. Both players have not fully recovered, thus being unfit for playing matches. They will return to China for rehabilitation for the next phase of competition," said the team's head coach Xu Limin.

Without Huang and Zhang in the squad, the 12 players representing China at the Asia Cup are Han Xu, Yang Liwei, Li Yuan, Wang Siyu, Liu Jiacen, Wu Tongtong, Shao Ting, Gao Song, Guo Zixuan, Li Yueru, Chen Mingling and Shi Xiaoye.

The Chinese team departed on Sept 13 for their final phase preparation in Australia before heading to India for the Asian basketball competition.

During their stay in Australia, the Chinese team lost all three warm-up matches against the third-ranked hosts. China are placed in Group B with Australia, New Zealand and the Philippines. The eight best placed teams will participate in the next phase the Tokyo Olympic qualifiers starting in November. (UNI-XINHUA)