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Host Brits will get to vie for hoops gold

Updated: March 13, 2011, 5:09 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

LYON, France -- The international basketball federation cleared Britain's men's and women's teams to compete in the 2012 London Olympics without qualifying.

The world governing body FIBA gave the teams a special exemption at a central board meeting Sunday after receiving guarantees that the host will improve its long-term basketball program after the games.

"We are delighted that FIBA has rightfully given both the men's and women's British basketball teams the opportunity to compete ...

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