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Sahakian bids emotional farewell as he plays in last-ever game for Iran basketball team

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Professional Iranian basketball player Oshin Sahakian retires from national duty at the indoor Azadi Basketball Arena, western Tehran, Iran, on July 2, 2018.

Professional Iranian basketball player Oshin Sahakian has brought an end to his career at the Iran men’s national basketball team, helping the squad storm past Kazakhstan at the 2019 Fédération Internationale de Basket-ball (FIBA) Basketball World Cup qualification (Asia) tournament, and advance to the second round of the continental event.

The 32-year-old of Armenian descent, who currently plays for Petrochimi Bandar Imam in Iran’s Super League, announced his retirement from national duty after Iran defeated the Kazakh side 88-56 (31-6, 14-25, 20-9 and 23-16) in a match played at the indoor Azadi Basketball Arena in western Tehran.

Sahakian was a key member of the Iran men’s national basketball team.

He played a major role in Iran’s clinching titles in the 2007, 2009 and 2013 editions of the Fédération Internationale de Basket-ball (FIBA) Asia Cup – formerly known as FIBA Asia Championship.

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