Fabiana Oliveira, one of the great names in the history of Brazilian volleyball has decided to retire from the national team.
'Fabi' as she is simply known, won two Olympic gold medals, six World Grand Prix titles, two World Championship silver medals, six South American crowns and one Pan-American Games trophy during her career with Brazil.
Some Kenyan national team players competed against Fabi in at World Championships stage.
"She was a great player and I admired her style of play," said Kenyan setter Jane Wacu.
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"She deserves a rest because she has done a lot for her national team," Wacu added.
The 34-year-old libero will, however, continue playing for Brazilian club Unilever and will focus on personal projects, completing one of the longest and most victorious volleyball careers for the country.
Fabi won 275 games out of 313 she played over 12 years for her National team.
"It was a very difficult decision. I thought about it all last year and up to this moment," she said.
"I thought about what I had done in the national team. My relationship with the national team was the best wedding that could happen. After two Olympic medals I had a clear view of what I had achieved, being aware that it was nice that everything went well and I did everything I had to do. I contributed as best you can and leave a nice story. My mission was accomplished," she said.
"This is the hardest time for the athlete to decide when to stop. Today I have been thinking about other things, like studying, and I see myself more within the selection. Starting today, I am a big supporter of that group. I leave friends and unforgettable moments. What I will miss most is the interaction with the group," Fabi said.
Coach Jose Roberto lamented the decision of the athlete, but made a point to thank Fabi for years of service to the Brazilian national team.
"We tried to change her decision because her story mixes with the history of this group," he said.
"We have to respect the choice and hope she is very happy. Nevertheless, what is important is the legacy and the example of a person and athlete that she gives for everyone. I know how much Fabi is loved and that will be greatly missed."