Quarterback Šiřina hung the national jersey on a nail. They persuaded me, but I was determined, he confirmed – Sport.cz

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The 34-year-old basketball player wished for the national team goodbye. “The winning three in the end would probably be an ideal scenario, but it didn’t happen. We take it sports, Lithuania was better and deserved to win. But we fought bravely, “he said.

He symbolically hammered his jersey on a nail to say goodbye. Right next to the recently saying goodbye Lviv to Kateřina Elhotová, Romana Hejdová and Lenka Bartáková. “I have been thinking about the end for a long time and I knew that the Tokyo Olympics would be my last event. But when the opportunity arose to play a qualifying match in Opava, I stretched my repre career. It’s great that I can end right here, where I play my whole career, and I’ll close it with the round number fifty, “said Šiřina, who ran into the top five in the match against Lithuania with the stormy enthusiasm of Opava fans, moreover as the captain of the Czech team.

The two-time participant in the European Championship and a member of the sixth team from the championship will no longer play in the European Championship, one group of which will be hosted by Prague in the summer of next year. “I know that this is the top event for Czech basketball. But for me, the highlight was the start at the Olympics, “said Šiřina, who will only wear the Opava jersey.

Photo: Jaroslav Ožana, ČTK

From left: Mindaugas Kuzminskas from Lithuania and Jakub Šiřina from the Czech Republic.Photo: Jaroslav Ožana, CTK

“I do not feel worn out. But I’ve been on the national team for ten years, practically somewhere on the road almost every summer. I already need some rest for the body, because I would like to play at the club level for another year, “explained the owner of two silver league medals with Opava.

Šiřina almost wept for the national team. The ceremony after the match, during which Jan Veselý spoke from the screen, and coach Petr Czudek brought a keg of beer to the board, brought tears to his eyes. “It simply came to our notice then. I didn’t know what was waiting for me, it was nice. It’s great when teammates, opponents and fans applaud you. It was touching. It made me happy. And Honza’s message. I believed he would be here, but unfortunately it didn’t work out. We would be stronger with him, “Šiřina recalled the absence of a native from Příbor in the Novojičín region, who, like Šiřina, flew to adult basketball from Ostrava.

Photo: Jaroslav Ožana, ČTK

Basketball player Jakub Šiřina from the Czech Republic said goodbye to his national team career after the match.Photo: Jaroslav Ožana, CTK

“It’s a pity you’re done. I was very happy to be with you on the same team. I hope that you will come to Prague, not the European Championships, at least as a fan, when we no longer bothered you to keep playing, “said Veselý in a video greeting from Turkey.

“They persuaded me at the Olympics, after her. Just keep. Saty (Tomáš Satoranský) wrote to me, Hanys Veseláč did the same. But I was determined. Although, of course, I enjoyed persuading them, because the group is great here, “Šiřina laughed.

He may pack a donated keg of beer when he goes to cheer on the Czech team in the summer. “I just hope it’s not what Čouda (Opava coach Petr Czudek) got to his fifties recently. I have to find out how durable it is, “joked a basketball player from Ostrava.

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Quarterback Šiřina hung the national jersey on a nail. They persuaded me, but I was determined, he confirmed – Sport.cz