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Venezuela roster set for Rio

CHICAGO (Rio 2016 Olympic Games) - Venezuela coach Nestor 'Che' Garcia announced the country's 12-man Olympic roster following the team's 80-45 friendly defeat to the United States in Chicago on Friday night.

Venezuela 12-man roster for Rio 2016 Olympic Games
Nestor Colmenares John Cox David Cubillan Gregory Echenique
Windi Graterol Heissler Guillent Dwight Lewis Miguel Marriaga
Anthony Perez Miguel Ruiz Gregory Vargas  Jose Vargas

Point guard Greivis Vasquez, the program's lone NBA player, was ruled out of the Games by the Brooklyn Nets earlier in the day so he can work on his fitness and be ready for the start of the new campaign.

Power forward Luis Bethelmy, who helped Garcia's Guaros de Lara team capture the FIBA Americas League crown earlier this year, has also not been included.

Neither played in last summer's team that won the FIBA Americas Championship.

Guaros center Gregory Echenique missed last year's tournament after getting hurt during the build-up but has returned to the roster. Anthony Perez was not in the side that prevailed in Mexico City in 2015, either, but has been included for Rio.

Venezuela showed tremendous fight to reach the Olympics, something they achieved by upsetting Canada in the Semi-Finals. They capped a magical FIBA Americas Championship with a victory over Argentina in the title game.

Venezuela, who last took part in an Olympics in 1992, will play in Group A at the Summer Games.