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Last Updated: Thursday, 1 December 2005, 15:30 GMT
Home nations agree to play as GB
By Rob Dugdale

Chicago Bulls star Luol Deng
London-raised Luol Deng has expressed interest in playing for GB
A Great Britain basketball team could compete at the 2012 Olympics in London following a landmark agreement.

The home nations have agreed to unite at senior and under-20 international level to form a Great Britain team to compete in European competitions.

The move has been sanctioned by the game's international federation FIBA.

Great Britain is expected to compete in next year's European Championship qualifiers. No home nation has qualified for the finals since 1981.

Both men's and women's teams are expected to benefit from the move.

Only in London, in 1948, has GB been represented at an Olympics.

Great Britain has not competed as a single entity since 1992, when the men's team failed to qualify for Barcelona.

Qualification to world events has since been through the European finals.

Players with NBA experience like Chicago's Luol Deng and Scotland's Robert Archibald could become integral parts of the Great Britain squad.

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