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2016-03-01 17:23:00 CEST

Bye Bye Center Court

A beach volleyball legend decided to retire from his professional sporting career.

Thank you for the passion, dedication and entertainment, Emanuel. Photocredit: Swatch Major SeriesThank you for the passion, dedication and entertainment, Emanuel. Photocredit: Swatch Major Series

Emanuel Fernando Scheffer Rego successfully represented Brazil as none other before him. He participated at five Olympic Games and took home a medal at three of them. He is the most well accomplished beach volleyball athlete in the sports history.

Emanuel is the only male player who competed, from the get-go, in the first five consecutive Olympic Games tournaments for the beach volleyball discipline. His greatest achievements include: gold in Athens 2004, silver in London 2012, bronze in Beijing 2008. The Brazilian superhero also won the Beach Volleyball World Championship three times in 1999, 2003 and 2011 with three different partners.

After achieving all possible titles and inspiring all of his team mates, he has decided to end his career. His last tournament will be the upcoming Grand Slam in Rio rom 8th till 13th of March.

This FIVB World Tour event is hosted in his home country can be seen as a tribute to his life’s dream of Olympia, his achievements and his farewell.

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