The Olympic champion in Beijing (China) and London (United Kingdom), Central Thaisa, announced that she would no longer defend the Brazilian women’s volleyball team. The 33-year-old athlete, selected the best player in the 2020/2021 edition of Superliga, which finished last Monday (5) and was championed by the Minas Tennis Club, announced the decision on Tuesday (6).
“Essentially, everyone wants to know if I’ll be with the Brazilian team in the next competitions, including the Tokyo Olympics [Japão]. But, unfortunately, the answer is no. Today [terça], I say goodbye to the team, a lot, with chest pains. Our country has devoted more than 14 years to rescue in the adult team, 18 [anos] Considering the premise, always with the determination and respect that the flag deserves. For both sides, there was no lack of love and commitment in this beautiful story.
In 2017, Thessa suffered a serious injury to her left knee when she was defending Exjasibasi (Turkey). It was ten months away from the courts, undergoing treatment, and today there is a need to use protection in this area, which still hurts the plant.
“It is okay because I am not physically and mentally able to deliver this delivery, I end my story with the selection. The last few years have been difficult for my body, living with pain every day. I cannot help the whole group in such a way that I like it and I understand that it is necessary. I need to relax and be respected, anything, more than my body, which is my work tool. Thinking about the longevity of my career in clubs, it is time to recover.
Thaisa was part of the most successful generation of women’s volleyball in Brazil. In addition, Central Fabiana, Rahgir Jacqueline, opposite Sheila and ex-Libero Fabi were part of the gold medal winning teams in 2008 and 2012, both led by Jose Roberto Guimares. Wearing a Brazilian shirt, the 1.96-meter player was also a five-time champion of the Grand Prix (2008, 2009, 2013, 2014 and 2016) and won gold at the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara (Mexico).
Ze Roberto began work with the women’s team in 2021 at the Volleyball Development Center (CDV), Sakrema (RJ), with 11 players who were not included in the SuperLiga finals. Champion Minas and Vice Dentil Priya Clube’s summons will be announced in the coming days. The United Nations will have its first challenge in Rimini (Italy) from 25 May to 20 July. This will be an opportunity for coaches to define the 12 athletes who will represent Brazil in Tokyo.