NBA Star Joel Embiid could play for France at Paris 2024 after being granted citizenship

The Philadelphia 76ers centre officially received French nationality and could join Rudy Gobert and Evan Fournier’s team for the 2023 FIBA World Cup and the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

By Guillaume Depasse
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After starting the paperwork process a few months ago, basketball star Joel Embiid has officially obtained French nationality after his citizenship was validated by the Official Gazette of the French Republic on 5 July.

That means that now the Philadelphia 76ers centre could be eligible for international competitions with France.

If EuroBasket is too close (from 1-18 September), the Cameroon native could join the vice Olympic champions for the 2023 FIBA World Cup in over a year, but also for the Olympic Games Paris 2024.

At Tokyo 2020, France was defeated in the final by 16-time Olympic gold medallists USA (87-82).

Embiid represents a strong addition to a team already featuring NBA players Rudy Gobert and Evan Fournier.


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