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VEN M: Fredy Cedeño wants to retire

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source: fivb.org; photo: fivb.org

"Volleyball has given me everything I have and made me the person I am," said Fredy Cedeño who recently announced his decision to retire after a career that spanned four FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championships and a participation in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Fredy Cedeno

Fredy Cedeno

Why have you taken the decision to retire?

I had several offers to play in Europe and national team coach Vincenzo Nacci wanted me in the team for the World League, but the life of a professional athlete is one of many sacrifices and having a baby also changes your perspective on things. I also wanted to leave the sport before the sport left me!

How difficult was it?

“Leaving a sport I have dedicated my whole life to, something I have loved and enjoyed, was definitely difficult. There is no perfect time to retire, but sooner or later something had to happen. My wife and family’s support helped me to make the decision which was right for me.”

How does it feel to say goodbye to wearing the national team jersey?

Leaving the national team was like leaving part of my life behind. I am very fortunate to have represented my country and have always been proud to wear the national team jersey.

What has volleyball given you in life?

Volleyball has given me everything I have and made me the person I am. The sport helped to shape my personality, develop my discipline and commitment to teamwork. It also helped me to discover new countries and cultures, learn languages and meet wonderful people.”

What memories do you have from your first international competition?

My first international competition was at an Under-16 event in Argentina. Everything was new to me then and I could not imagine what the future had in store for me.”

What are your memories of your last match at the FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship Poland 2014, which was also your last match with the Venezuelan national team?

It was a tough match [against Australia]. We were very close to reaching the second round and to making history. I knew it was my last competition with the team and tried to enjoy each one of the matches I played in Poland.”

Which was the competition you enjoyed most?

That is a very difficult question. Even when you lose, you learn something. Participating in the Olympics in Beijing was amazing and the feeling of sitting next to Kobe Bryant and Rafael Nadal and walking alongside Roger Federer was indescribable.

What are your plans for the future?

I have several personal projects I want to develop. I do not rule out continuing in volleyball, however, either as a coach or as a manager.” said Fredy Cedeño and added:

I would like to thank my parents and two brothers for their unconditional support during my career. I would also like to thank my coaches and teammates, including Rodman Valera, Harry Gómez, Thomas Ereu, Luis Díaz, Carlos Luna, Carlos Tejeda, Jorge Silva, Ronald Méndez and Andy Rojas, who are like members of my family, and thank volleyball fans for their support over 16 years in the sport.”


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