- France has set a time limit, October 10, for Joel Embiid to choose his Olympic team
- The sixers star center has three nationalities, Cameroonian, American and French, which makes him eligible to represent either of these sides
- This call comes in the wake of the 2024 Paris Olympics and the United States interest in the reigning champion to join its side.
France’s basketball federation’s president Jean-Pierre Siutat has given Joel Embiid a deadline of Oct. 10 to decide between France, Cameroon, or USA for the 2024 Olympics.
The president told RMC sport’s “Stephen Time” …
“It will happen very quickly in all cases. We hope so, and I think he knows it. We may have an answer by October 10, and we have set this deadline,”
“We made no communication about the fact that he was with us. Today, he is still not with us. We are working on it, we have a firm desire to do it. He knows it,” Jean-Pierre Siutat explained.
This news comes as America is also vying for the reigning NBA MVP to join its team for the Olympics.
Both teams had a disappointing World Cup, with France being eliminated in the first round of the tournament, while America failed to secure the bronze medal after losing to Canada.
Embiid’s impressive stats make him a valuable addition for either team. He averaged 33.1 points, 10.4 rebounds, 4.2 assists, and 1.7 blocks per game last season and would be a huge asset for any team he chooses to play for.
France and America are not the only countries interested in Embiid, as the Philadelphia 76ers star has triple citizenship. Although he is not particular drawn to represent Cameroon, he has never explicitly ruled out that option.
Playing at the Olympics will be the first major tournament for Embiid and a boost to his already flamboyant basketball career.
Despite these numerous interests, one is still not sure on what the 29-years-old’s decision will be. In a BasketNews article In January, Joel explained his reservations towards making such decisions.
“I’ve been asked this question a lot before. … At the international level, it’s a good thing that I acquired French nationality,” Embiid said.
“Yes, it would be a nice sequence if I win a title with the Sixers before. A World Cup title this summer or Olympic gold next year would be really good. But I don’t know what will happen by then because if I win in the NBA, I can be very tired. So, it will depend on my body too.”
Elot may have changed since then. October 10 will deliver its verdict.
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