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Basketball: Parker 'excited' ahead of Games

Friday, August 05 2016 by SNTV
  • French Basketball team presentation in French House in Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday, 3 August.

    SOUNDBITE: (French) Tony Parker, French basketball player (Q: How do you feel after your baby arrival and just before your last Olympics?):

    "I'm feeling like it's the last one so I'm very excited, and I want to finish well with this French team. It means 15 years of my life, every year we tried to push our level over the limit on the international stage. It's not easy to leave your baby just five days after his birth but I think that it's the last one and I gave a lot for this team."

    SOUNDBITE: (French) Tony Parker, French basketball player (Q: Are you obsessed by the idea of finishing well?):

    "No I'm not obsessed about that, because no matter what happens I will be proud of all we did with this French team. We started from the bottom of the international level and we became European champions in 2013. No matter what happens I will be proud. If we can get a medal it will be like bonus. But when I started my career I always said that I wanted to bring the first title to this team and I did in 2013 so now it's just bonus."

    SOUNDBITE: (French) Tony Parker, French basketball player (Q: What can we expect about France?):

    "We did not play well in the last three preparation games because we all lost these. The Group stage it's here to improve. Four years ago we did four wins, one defeat and we had lost in quarter... The most important is quarter final, if you win it you've got a big chance of medal, if you lose it it's over. The most important is to be at 100 percent this specific day. "

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