Leuchanka, Bentley back in Belarus national basketball team

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Leuchanka, Bentley back in Belarus national basketball team

The women's national basketball team of Belarus will meet its main Euro qualifiers' competitors fully armed. The Belarusians are preparing for the qualifying match with the Turkish team in the strongest squad.

Veteran Yelena Leuchanka has rejoined the team, said head of the federation Maxim Ryzhenkov delighting basketball fans even before the start of the training camp. Leuchanka did come to the first training in Minsk's Palace of Sports and worked with usual enthusiasm.

Yelena Leuchanka, player of the women's national basketball team of Belarus:
I did not have any conditions. But, before I returned, I had questions to the federation. To date, I have not been targeted by the national team, which is why I did not play the last matches for Belarus. So I wanted to ask how it would look like in the future. There were no other conditions.

Today, the basketball player prefers to leave all the misunderstandings with the federation in the past. She's not performed for the national form since the Olympics in Rio and is happy to return.

Alex Bentley will also make a comeback. After injury, the naturalized Belarusian is only about to enter into the usual rhythm. But the coaching staff is sure that this will not be a problem.

Alexey Pyntikov, coach of the women's national basketball team of Belarus:
She's not had practice for 2.5 months, she has been recovering. But now she has played a few games for BC Nadezhda. In principle, we saw a few good games by her. She will succeed in returning. I believe that she showed herself well in the summer for the team. Why not repeat it now?

Alexey Pyntikov is now acting as head coach of the team, in the absense of Natalia Trofimova, who has given birth recently. But Natalia is determined to be at the helm of the team in the Saturday match against Turkey. In the near future, Anastasia Veremeenko will join the national team. This means that the Levchenko-Veremeenko link will lead Belarus team again to victories. Belarus will take on Turkey and Poland at home in the Euro qualifiers. The games will take place at the Palace of Sport in Minsk. The first game will take place on February 10. The team is waiting for support.