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Coach says translations inaccurate

8/16/2004

ATHENS, Greece -- The coach of the Serbia-Montenegro
basketball team has been told to respect Olympic guidelines and
avoid further outbursts.

Zeljko Obradovic stormed out of a news conference Sunday after
his team's 83-82 loss to Argentina. Obradovic berated a a volunteer
translator and said he did not want to speak because his words were
not being translated correctly into English.

Although multilingual, Obradovic insisted on speaking in
Serbian.

FIBA, the international basketball federation, sent a letter
Monday expressing its dissatisfaction with Obradovic's behavior.

"The delegation of Serbia-Montenegro was asked to cooperate at
full extent for the rest of the Olympic tournament,'' the letter
said.