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BOA backs GB Basketball's bid to play at London 2012

GB men's basketball captain Drew Sullivan
Sullivan is pleased with the BOA's backing for Olympic qualification

The British Olympic Association (BOA) is backing the bid by GB basketball for its teams to play at London 2012.

World basketball's governing body Fiba will decide on 13 March if GB should be given host nation places at the Games for its men's and women's teams.

After meeting with GB Basketball, the BOA is satisfied that the sport has met its performance and legacy criteria.

BOA chief Andy Hunt said: "The potential for continued growth and future success is tremendous."

He continued: "They have surpassed expectations and there is no question that they are now capable of producing credible performances at the London 2012 Olympic Games."

Basketball is one of the only Olympic sports where entry for London 2012 is determined by the world governing body rather than the BOA.

GB men's captain Drew Sullivan said: "With the upcoming decision from Fiba fast approaching it's great that we have the full support of the British Olympic Association.

"I believe it's extremely important for the continued success of basketball in this country that we show togetherness. Hopefully Fiba can recognise this and grant us our place in the 2012 Olympics."

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