08. 04. 2021

BRA W: Thaísa gives up on Tokyo Olympics and says goodbye to national team

Source: globoesporte.globo.com; Photo: instagram.com/daherthaisa

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A two-time women’s volleyball Olympic champion Thaísa Daher made a decision that many fans in Brazil were afraid of.

 
 
 
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Right after winning the 2020/21 Brazilian Women’s Superliga title with Itambé/Minas and receiving the award for the best player and middle blocker in the competition, a two-time Olympic champion Thaísa released a letter, which she sent to the media in the country. In it, she wrote that she’s giving up on competing in the Tokyo Games this summer. The famous middle blocker also stressed that she decided to end her playing for the Brazil National Team once and for all.

“Today, I made one of the most difficult decisions of my career as a professional athlete. Inevitably, everyone wants to know if I will be with the Brazilian team in the next competitions - including the Tokyo Olympics. Unfortunately, the answer is no. Today, I say goodbye to the team with a lot, a lot of pain in my chest. I dedicated over 14 years to defend our country in the senior team (18 considering youth teams) and I always did it with the determination and respect that the flag of our country deserves. There was never a lack of love and commitment in this beautiful story for both sides,” wrote the 33-year-old player.

“For not being able to deliver this, physically and mentally, I end my story with the National Team. The last few years have been hard for my body, living with pain on a daily basis. I can’t help the whole group the way I'd like and I know that it's necessary. I need to rest and respect, more than anything, my body, which is my work tool. It's time to recover,” she added.

Thaísa suffered a serious injury to her left knee in 2017, while playing in Turkey. There were years of recovery and moments when many believed that her career was over. However, she returned to playing at a very high level.

In addition to the Olympic golds in Beijing and London, the middle blocker participated in important campaigns with the Brazilian team. She’s a 6-time champion of the FIVB World Grand Prix, a one-time winner of the FIVB World Grand Champions Cup and Pan American Games, a 2-time Pan-American Cup champion, and a 4-time winner of the South American Championship. Individually, Thaísa was awarded, among other titles, one-time MVP and two-time Best Middle Blocker of the FIVB World Grand Prix. 

 

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