Volleyball: Lyneel gives up on the Games

Considering himself too fair physically compared to his expectations, Julien Lyneel (31) decided not to continue the League of Nations at the dawn of the match of the Blues against the Netherlands. The receiver-striker with 220 caps will not play the Olympic Games in Tokyo next summer either.

The name of Julien Lyneel (31) will not appear on the scoresheet against the Netherlands this Tuesday evening for the first match of the fourth and penultimate salute of three matches. And for good reason: the receptionist-attacker of the Blues with 220 selections in the jersey of the France team will not play the rest of this League of Nations. After talking this Tuesday a few hours before the meeting against the Dutch with his coach Laurent Tillie, the player of the Italian club Vibo Valentia has decided to throw in the towel. Lyneel, who will return to the French Championship and the Montpellier club, six years after leaving Ligue A, believes that the timing is too tight for him to regain his best level, he who remains on a white season due to his right shoulder operation. Considering himself too fair physically, the Hérault and last excluded from the selection for the Rio 2016 Games prefers not to continue the League of Nations, just as he prefers to give up now the Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Lyneel: “A huge disappointment”

“Being able to play for the French team again and share these moments with my friends did me a lot of good. We gave our all to come back, but I have to accept the observation that the deadlines will be too short for me to be competitive as required by the level of high performance ”, confides the double winner of the World League and the European Championship with France, without hiding his bitterness, but ensuring that this withdrawal did not mean the end of his international career masked for him who had been selected in the squad for Rimini despite this long time without playing. “It’s obviously a huge disappointment, but I’ll keep working to get my game back 100%. My will to play again in the blue jersey remains intact and I will give everything for that. “ The Blues, for their part, will have to learn to do without the one who had been used in a role of libero during the first outings of his team in this League of Nations, before returning to his post. Where he will inevitably leave a void.

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