Thomas Heurtel signs in Russia and compromises his chances of competing in the World Cup

It is a choice that Thomas Heurtel risks paying for a long time. Silver medalist with the France team at Eurobasket 2022, the 33-year-old signed up for two seasons at Zenit Saint Petersburg, Russia, on Wednesday. A transfer that should prevent him from going to the 2023 World Cup, or even the 2024 Olympic Games.

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At the beginning of August, the French Basketball Federation (FFBB) had warned that French players engaged in Russian or Belarusian clubs would not be “more selectable“until the end of the war in Ukraine.

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