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Batkovic cut from Opals' Olympic team

  • Batkovic cut from Opals' Olympic team

    Suzy Batkovic has missed out on a spot in the Australian Opals 12-woman Olympic roster.

Three-time Olympic medallist Suzy Batkovic has been left off Australia's 12-woman basketball roster for next month's Rio Games.

The 35-year-old Townsville Fire centre and WNBL superstar was one of three players to miss out on a spot in coach Brendan Joyce's final squad, named on Tuesday, alongside Tess Madgen and Rebecca Allen.

"It's tough for them," Joyce said.

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"It breaks our hearts to have to tell them but we can only take 12 players.

"As a coaching staff, we've got to pick a balanced team with team chemsitry and also talent in order to achieve what we aim to achieve.

"It's not just about short-term success, it's long-term success as well."

The team features seven Games debutants and only three from the side that won bronze at London 2012.

Batkovic has been an Opals regular for over a decade, playing at the last three Olympics plus the 2002 and 2010 world championships.

After taking a break from international competition in 2014, she returned to help Australia qualify for Rio at last year's Oceania Championships.

Her omission is somewhat surprising, given she led the Fire to their second straight WNBL title in March and won a record-equalling fourth MVP award - a feat only the great Lauren Jackson has achieved.

Batkovic was part of the 1999 WNBL championship-winning Australian Institute of Sport team that helped give rise to the now-retired Jackson and fellow star Penny Taylor.

Taylor, also 35, will be the Opals' oldest team member in Brazil, while Liz Cambage, Rachel Jarry and Laura Hodges are the only remaining players from the 2012 London Games.

The Opals wrap up their final camp on the Gold Coast before heading to North America for warm-up matches against the USA, Canada and France.

They are chasing their first ever Olympic gold medal, having won bronze or silver at the past five Games.

Opals: Elizabeth Cambage, Marianna Tolo, Cayla George, Stephanie Talbot, Rachel Jarry, Nat Burton, Katie-Rae Ebzery, Tessa Lavey, Leilani Mitchell, Laura Hodges, Erin Phillips, Penny Taylor

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