France head coach Vincent Collet had a sigh of relief after superstar guard Tony Parker was given clearance to play in the 2012 London Olympics.
Parker, who almost lost his vision after getting hit by shard of glass during a bar-fight incident in New York last month, received the signal from the San Antonio Spurs medical staff as well as the team’s head coach Gregg Popovich.
“The two ophthalmologists from the Spurs confirmed the opinion of the French doctor who operated on Tony Parker, and the two Swiss specialists who also examined the player last Thursday, and indicated that he can resume playing,” the French Basketball Federation said on their official statement.
The veteran point guard is expected to join the team soon and will likely play in their tune-up game against England this weekend.
“It is great news and a relief for the whole France team,” Collet said. “I spoke with Tony on the phone and he sounded very happy — and also relieved — about this development. It was a difficult and alarming situation for everyone.”
Although Parker will play in 2012 London Games, France will still be depleted since Joakim Noah will not be donning the French colors due to an ankle injury he sustained during the NBA Playoffs.