Jan Štokr, surely one of the best Czech volleyball player of the last decade, said goodbye to his professional sports career at the age of 38.
“It’s a difficult decision to close some part of life after 21 years. I don’t even know exactly how to say it… it’s just time to end. Although I can’t say if it’s a completely final decision, no one knows, but it seemed to me that leaving, even at the top, is good, rather than someone spitting on me and saying that I’m old and that I don’t get the game anymore,” the opposite said.
By winning the award for Best Czech Volleyball Player of the Year 4 times, he became one of the country’s legends of this sport. He played over 150 matches in the Czech National Team, and gained the greatest fame in Italy, in the Itas Trentino jersey. In 2011, he won the CEV Champions League, twice became the champion of Italian league, and experienced a triumph at the FIVB Club World Championship three times.
Individually, he was named one-time MVP of the Italian Championship and Italian Super Cup each, and one-time Best Spiker of the FIVB Club World Championship.
The last club in his career was VK Dukla Liberec in his home country, for which he played since 2017.