“The selection will continue, this is not the end of a cycle”
MADRID, 7 Ago. ` –
The captain of the Spanish men’s handball team Raúl Entrerríos says goodbye to the ‘Hispanics’ and handball, in a withdrawal already announced at the age of 40, with a bronze medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and promising not to closes a cycle, because it believes that the selection will continue to be competitive despite its departure, although it does end its “circle” and in the “best way”.
“It is difficult to close this circle in a better way than this. I am very happy, for me and for the team because we deserved to close it like this. It is a huge cycle, despite some disappointment, and arriving at these Games like this is something extraordinary and I am very happy for those who make up this group, those who have been left out due to injury and the people who have played here with injuries. This marks what this team means, “he said in statements to RTVE.
Entrerríos puts an end to his stage as a professional player, aged 40 and with a brilliant record at the team level, with great deeds at FC Barcelona, and internationally, with this first Olympic medal. A bronze worked against Egypt (31-33) with a final goal from Raúl Entrerríos to put the icing on the cake.
“I do not know if it is a cycle that we can close, but we are doing something extraordinary. We have arrived at the Games with added difficulties along the way and we have achieved the bronze medal. We are happy, but this does not end here. There are players like me that we give way to young players, it is the law of life. But handball does not end here, the national team will continue to be competitive and this is not the end of a cycle, it is continuity in another team, “he said.
The Asturian leaves handball on the courts, a sport that has given him “everything.” “It has been my passion, an inexhaustible source of experiences and friendships, of great moments for a lifetime. I have been able to have a family that has accompanied me in this, I am very happy to be able to offer them something else in my last moment. I have felt privileged to play in extraordinary teams, I have been with great players and especially great people. It was the best thing that could have happened to me, “he said.