Brazil Volleyball Confederation recently made an announcement about the national team outside hitter Yoandy Leal.
Due to pain in both knees, he has requested a medical leave, making him unavailable for the upcoming Olympic Qualifiers set to start on the 30th September in Rio de Janeiro.
Given the limited time before this crucial event, a full recovery for the player is unlikely.
“While I deeply wanted to compete in the Olympic Qualifiers and support Brazil in clinching a position in the paramount global sports event, my current physical condition hinders me. Such competitions demand peak performance. Even so, my teammates and our coaching staff have my unwavering support. I assure everyone that I will be back in form by the next season, aiming for further accolades for Brazil,” he said.
In the race for only two slots at the 2024 Paris Olympic Games, Brazil is set to begin their Olympic Qualifiers campaign against Qatar on September 30th, and other teams in the Pool are Czech Republic, Germany, Ukraine, Cuba, Iran, and Italy.