Parker cleared for Olympics
France point guard Tony Parker has been cleared to take part in the London Olympics after doctors gave him the go-ahead.
Parker, named in the French squad on Thursday, was a doubt for the Games because of an eye injury suffered in an altercation in a nightclub in New York last month.
The San Antonio Spurs player suffered a scratch to his cornea but after meeting with his employers and following medical checks in the United States Parker was told he could join up with the France squad.
The Spurs sought the opinions of two expert ophthalmologists who agreed with the French doctor who operated on Parker and two Swiss experts he consulted last week that he had recovered enough to play.
Parker, who could feature for France in a warm-up game against Great Britain tomorrow, could face many of his fellow NBA players when the United States provide France's first opponents in the Games on July 29.
The French Basketball Federation confirmed Parker's participation in the Games, revealing he had received the blessing of San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich to take part.
Parker was due to join up with the rest of the squad in Orleans on Friday.
France coach Vincent Collet told the federation website, ffbb.com: "This is great news and a relief for all of the France squad.
"I had Tony on the phone and I felt very happy and also relieved at this outcome.
"It was for us all, a very painful and agonising (wait). Now we can combine our forces and focus on our Olympic goal."