Global EditionASIA 中文双语Français
Home / Sports / Volleyball

Italian volleyballer Birarelli announces retirement

Xinhua | Updated: 2020-07-21 17:19
Share - WeChat

ROME - Emanuele Birarelli has decided to retire from competitive volleyball, the Italian Olympic medalist confirmed.

The 39-year-old made his Olympic debut at Beijing 2008, and the middle-blocker claimed the bronze four years later at the London Olympics, followed by a silver at the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games.

"In Beijing as a debutant, it was a little overwhelming. In London, we won bronze, while in Rio being captain was something truly special, the highlight of my career," he recalled of his Olympic memories to Italian sports daily La Gazzetta dello Sport.

"It wasn't an easy decision, but I have decided to stop," he explained his retirement.

"Volleyball was my life, but my contract with Verona was coming to an end and the pandemic pushed me towards making this decision. Now I have to think about what I want to do with my second life," he added. 

Most Popular


What's Hot
Copyright 1995 - . All rights reserved. The content (including but not limited to text, photo, multimedia information, etc) published in this site belongs to China Daily Information Co (CDIC). Without written authorization from CDIC, such content shall not be republished or used in any form. Note: Browsers with 1024*768 or higher resolution are suggested for this site.
License for publishing multimedia online 0108263

Registration Number: 130349