Olympic champion Juan Ignacio “Pepe” Sánchez came out of retirement to officially play basketball and help Bahía Básket, the club of which he is president, to be able to present the minimum number of players in a match of the Argentine League (Second Division), because his The squad was decimated for the duel against Gimnasia and Esgrima La Plata, which finally won in overtime.
Sánchez, who had retired in 2013 and processed a special authorization before the Association of Clubs (AdC), spent 29 minutes on the court and gave an assistance that quickly went viral and showed that his magic is intact, at 44 years old.
“Yesterday I was on the beach sunbathing, but we were against boys, and my son told me: ‘Play you’. I had promised the dwarf that he would watch me play and well, I kept the promise and I had a good time “,” Pepe “was sincere, in statements to the half supporter of the” Wolf “from La Plata, Blue and White Heart.
Bahía Básket, previously known as Estudiantes de Bahía Blanca, does not live a good present since after relegation from the National League, it is at the bottom of the table of the South Conference of the Argentine League (Second Division), although it could stay with an important victory at home.
It was 91-87 in overtime (tied at 77) for those led by Laura Cors, who had Sánchez with a roster of eight assists -one of his specialties-, 12 points (2-3 in doubles, 2-8 in triples and 2-2 in free practice), eight rebounds and two steals for the celebration of his team, which was coming off three consecutive defeats. Just in case, given the revolution that took place in social networks, Sánchez clarified: “There is no other function, it was the only one.”