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Title fights in China: World Cup premium for German basketball players from the semifinals at the earliest


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Tokyo (AP) - The German basketball players may hope at the World Cup in China at the earliest from possible games for a medal on a larger success fee from the Association.

"There are no bonuses for the players, we have abolished the bonus system," said Ingo Weiss, President of the German Basketball Federation, the German Press Agency. There is basically a "small sum" per game and for victories. "If the tournament goes well and we reach the semi-finals, the question will be raised again," Weiss said about extra bonuses.

At the World Cup in China, the team of coach Henrik Rödl first wants to fulfill the compulsory task and survive the preliminary round against France, the Dominican Republic and Jordan. "Our wishful thinking is that we reach the second round in Nanjing and that we have the opportunity to qualify for the Olympics," said Weiss. "After the second round, we can say what's going to happen now, make a goal, and say we want to become world champions - I do not want that."

If the public is talking about a World Cup medal, however, this is "legitimate," emphasized Weiss. "I think it's fair and right, we have three chances to win a medal in the next three years: at the World Cup, at the Olympics and at the European Championships in Germany 2021."

The direct qualification for Olympia 2020 in Tokyo would succeed as one of the two best-placed teams from Europe at the World Cup. The jump to one of four qualifiers for the summer games would be perfect already when jumping into the second round of the World Cup.

The national team is preparing for the World Cup on Thursday (31 August - 15 September) in Japan, where two tests are scheduled. At the dress rehearsal in Jiangmen, China, on August 28th, in the duel against Australia, they will fight against a co-favorite.

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