No World Cup for Epoupa!

Aurélien CANOT, Media365, published on Wednesday August 10, 2022 at 2:36 p.m.

The French Basket Federation announced on Wednesday after medical tests that Olivia Epoupa would not participate in the World Cup, which will take place in Australia from September 22 to October 1. The instance was not specified, however, the medical reasons which had led the leader of the Blue to give up.

Olivia Epoupa (28 years old, 1.65m) will miss the World Cup. Les Bleues will have to do without their playmaker during the World Cup, which will take place in Australia from September 22 to October 1. The French Basketball Federation (FFBB) announced on Wednesday that the former Lattes-Montpellier player, who had returned to Turkey (at Fenerbahçe) since last month, had been forced to give up the meeting following medical examinations at the start. of the week, precisely in view of this World Cup, by the players of the French team led by Jean-Aimé Toupane. “Following the medical tests carried out, the leader of Les Bleues Olivia Epoupa was not declared fit to take part in the preparation campaign for the French women’s team”, and this for “medical reasons”, revealed on its official site the FFBB, without saying more on the other hand on the “medical reasons” in question. Still, the quadruple silver medalist with Les Bleues at the European Championship (2015, 2017, 2019 and 2021) will not be traveling to Australia or following the preparation for the event, and that obviously constitutes a big blow for the Habs, and not only because the absence of Epoupa constitutes the first package of this gathering, which began this Tuesday at INSEP.

Fauthoux or Paget promoted to the major five?

Toupane will have to find a replacement for her titular leader. To overcome the flat rate of the number 1 at the post, three alternatives present themselves. They bear the name of Marine Fauthoux, a big favorite to replace Epoupa, Marie-Eve Paget, crowned 3×3 world champion with Les Bleues in June, and Caroline Hériaud. The French coach also has the solution Lisa Berkani, who can explain the back but also the leader. The three preparation matches before the World Cup should make it possible to learn more about Toupane’s choice or choices in an attempt to make people forget the absence of Epoupa. The French will be opposed to Bosnia-Herzegovina in Marseille on August 21, then to Belgium twice (in Pau on September 2 and then in Kortrijk two days later, on the 4th).

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