Eurobasket 2022: Ukraine or how to play with war in mind: “Some players wanted to take up arms to defend their country”
methis friday Giannis Antetokounmpo and Nikola Jokic debut at the Eurobasket. The last two NBA MVPs are two of the great sensations of the tournament. But Ukraine also plays, which faces Great Britain. I’ll do it with the mind set on the war of his countrythat continues despite the fact that it has lost focus of attention. “A lot of people are starting to forget. We need to generate more awareness about the war,” says All Mykhailukone of the stars It’s been 190 days since hell began for the Ukrainian population, including the players of the national team.
I don’t want any coach or person to be in this situation
“There are many difficulties. I don’t want any coach or person to be in this situation.”says the coach, the Latvian Ainars Bagatskiswho despite his nationality took the war personally. “I have lived in Ukraine for six years and I am very used to the country, its people, its customs. In general, any war has no meaning. There is only one person in the world who understands why this was done.”assures in what appears to be an allusion to the Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The technician states that “now the situation is a little better. All the players have contracts abroad and play outside of Ukraine.”. The team was preparing for the Eurobasket in Rigawhere he installed his new residence and has played his games of the FIBA Windows as a local since the conflict began.
Bagatsky remembers that January 24 in which the Russian army invaded Ukraine. Your team is measured to Spain in Cordovaa match that should never have been played: “There was no way to make any tactics or prepare mentally.” The players were only aware of the cell phones trying to get news from their family and friends. “There were some who later returned home and wanted to take up arms to defend their country. Now we enjoy playing for Ukraine and for its people. While the people are in the front, we play basketball. It’s the only thing we can do for the cause,” he considers.
Out of the comfort zone
Forecasts from FIBA’s official website place Ukraine 20th. “In 2017, with Latvia, we were expected to finish 17th-18th. We were fifth losing to champions Slovenia in the quarterfinals,” recalls Bagatskis, who doesn’t care “about the final ranking. If we play quality basketball, for each other and for our country, we can do something great. When you are out of your comfort zone, you give the best of yourself. All of Ukraine has been pushed out of its comfort zone. This will give us more energy.”
It’s great to play for Ukraine again, especially during these difficult times because of the war. Sure to help us play better and harder
Mykhailiuk shares his coach’s opinion: “It’s great to play for Ukraine again, especially during these difficult times due to the war. Sure to help us play better and harder. I am honored to be part of our national team to try to do great things for our country.” The shooting guard, recently released by the raptorsis one of the references along with alex leonplayer of the Kingsthe attic Volodymyr Gerun Y Artem Pustovyi.
The 2.16 meter pvot, with extensive experience in the ACB League and recent signing of UCAM Murciais critical of the FIBA. “He wants to look good with everyone. He doesn’t call things by their name. He has never called the Ukraine war. He banned T-shirts, posters and photos at a game to remind people that there are war crimes,” complains the captain, who on the day the invasion began ‘Stop war’ was written on the cheek before taking on Spain.
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