Filippo Lanza was not included in the list of players of the Italy Men’s Volleyball National Team for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and made public on social media his disappointment with that.
The Italy Men head coach Gianlorenzo Blengini crossed out Filippo Lanza from the roster that will compete in Tokyo. The new member of China’s Shanghai did not welcome such a decision well and made public all his disappointment in a post on his social media channels. At the same time, a 30-year-old outside hitter (awarded the best in his position in the 2013 FIVB World Grand Champions Cup) said that he retired from the national team.
“I’ve always believed that sport represented human values that go beyond mere results. I grew up with the idea that this jersey deserves hard work and sacrifice. I’m proud of the person I’ve become thanks to sport, but equally embittered by the choices made that don’t always happen out of meritocracy. I’d always have thought of ending my ‘Azzurri’ experience with the Olympics, unfortunately, this won’t be possible for me, but often life isn’t what we expect it to be,” wrote Lanza and reminded all that he wore the jersey of the Italy National Team for 15 years without ever missing out on a call.