After missing the Olympic qualifiers, Dennis Schroder will not be added to the roster of the German national team for the upcoming Olympic Games, as it was officially announced today. Per the German Basketball Federation press release: “Dennis Schr?der will not play for Germany at the Olympic Games in Tokyo. The reason for this decision remains the enormous insurance requirements that cannot be met and thus prevent the point guard from being used, as was the case at the Olympic qualification tournament in Croatia.
Renewed, joint, and intensive efforts to be able to guarantee adequate insurance cover were not crowned with success. “I would have loved to have been there in Tokyo. It’s the Olympic Games, that’s pretty much the greatest honor for an athlete, and I’ve always dreamed of participating in the Olympics. I am of course very disappointed that I cannot play and fight with the team in this important tournament. But I’m very happy for all the twelve guys who are going to Tokyo now. They played a great qualification together and deserved to be part of it. As a team, you have shown enormous solidarity and I am convinced that with this attitude you can also achieve something in Tokyo,” stated Schroder.
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Schroder didn’t suit up for the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Split, but now wants to be part of the final roster that will travel to Tokyo. “If there is a possibility, then that would be great. I’m always available, but my situation is not that easy. But I hope we can sort that out by then. My agent has to do his job now. The German national team has done its job, let’s see,” Schröder told German outlet Zeit Online, via Silver Screen and Roll.
Brazil had three wins by 20+ points until the final game, where the German national team got the 75-64 triumph and the ticket to the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo after a real dogfight. Moritz Wagner with 28 points on 9/12 FG led the charge for the winning side, getting help from Robin Benzing (13 p.), Maodo Lo (10 p.), and Johannes Voightmann (8 p. 11 r.). The Germans did it without having available Lakers guard Dennis Schroder for the qualifiers.