News ID: 315157
Published: 0155 GMT July 31, 2021

Iran’s Olympics basketball campaign ends with France defeat

Iran’s Olympics basketball campaign ends with France defeat
GREGORY SHAMUS/REUTERS

Iran’s Hamed Haddadi (15) is in action against at the rim with Guerschon Yabusele (7) of France during a basketball game at the Tokyo Olympics in Saitama Super Arena, Saitama, Japan, on July 31, 2021.

Sports Desk

A 62-79 defeat against France on Saturday saw Iran’s campaign at the basketball competitions of the Tokyo Olympics end with a third consecutive defeat.

Having suffered losses against the Czech Republic (78-84) and USA (66-120), Iran finished bottom of Group A.

Despite the defeat, Iranian Hamed Haddadi delivered an impressive performance with 18 points, 12 rebounds, and five assists.

The Iranian giant said he had to take a painkiller before the game due to an injury.

When asked if it was his last appearance in the Iranian outfit, Haddadi said, “I’m not thinking of retirement for now, but I intend to play only in the major tournaments in the future.

“I want to help the team for as long as I can be influential. Some people might say I am old [for playing basketball] but there are players in other countries that keep playing until 40,” the 36-year-old added.

Real Madrid's Thomas Heurtel chipped in 16 points for the European side, coupled with three rebounds, while Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot had 12 points, five rebounds and three assists.

France swept its opponents for the top spot of the group, including a shock defeat of USA on Sunday, the first Olympic loss for the Americans since 2004.

"The focus really was more about us and trying things out," Evan Fournier, who plays for the NBA's Boston Celtics, said about France's decisive win. Despite his team's dominant showing so far, he wouldn't speculate on medal odds.

"Quarterfinal first. Focus on that," he said. "Too many times we've beaten very, very good teams and we lost in the semifinal, so no more of that."

 

 

 

 

 

   
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