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23/03/2020 09:33
Superstar Wlazly leaves Skra after 17 years. What’s next?
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Luxembourg, March 23, 2020. Volleyball superstar Mariusz Wlazly has announced he is leaving PGE Skra BELCHATOW after spending as many as 17 years with the elite Polish club. The MVP of the 2014 FIVB World Championship does not want to disclose where he will be playing next season – and yet in this exclusive interview confirms that it is not yet time to retire from competitive sport.

“I am still healthy, I do not have to deal with any injuries, and I am in good shape,” says the 36-year-old opposite hitter. “I still have ambition and motivation - which drive my wish to continue. Besides all this, Volleyball gives me a lot of joy and fun, and this is not the moment for me to hang up my boots and do something else,” adds the captain of PGE Skra BELCHATOW.

Many elite players change club quite regularly, yet Wlazly’s story is somehow unique, since he has spent as many as 17 years with Skra, achieving much success in domestic as well as in international competitions. Many fans may still remember the dramatic gold medal match that Skra eventually lost to Zenit KAZAN in the 2012 edition of the CEV Champions League. “I have been very lucky and fortunate that I have had so much success for the last 17 years. I have scored almost 7,000 points for PGE Skra. Moreover, I have had the opportunity to gain life experience while meeting so many good people,” he continues. “This allows me to look at the future very positively and I will be very happy to remember these years. I would like to express my gratitude to the players, coaches and staff, the sponsors and the amazing Skra fans for all these years spent together in Bełchatów. Many thanks to the club and its crew.”

Playing for PGE Skra for 17 years, Mariusz Wlazly has scored almost 7,000 points for the Polish team

The 9-time Polish national champion is confident that the future ahead is a bright one. “I hope that nobody will blame me for my decision to continue to play but with the shirt of another club. I have always known that this moment would have come. The Board of Administration of PGE Skra has a different concept for the future of the team and I fully accept it. I leave many friends in the city of Bełchatów. Spending as many as 17 years in one club is a nice story to tell and we can say that all of Skra’s successes are my successes as well. I am part of this club and I cannot say a bad word. I am convinced that I will return to Bełchatów, maybe not as a player anymore, but I would definitely like to pursue my future projects with the club as well.”

Wlazly’s resume is an impressive one. On top of nine PlusLiga titles, Mariusz has won the Polish Cup seven times and the Supercup four times. With Skra he is a two-time (2009, 2010) silver and bronze (2012) medal winner of the FIVB Club World Championship. As for the CEV Champions League, apart from a silver medal won in 2012, Wlazly secured bronze in 2008 and 2010. In the early stages of his career, he helped Poland win silver at the 2006 World Championship before returning to play for the White-and-Reds in 2014 – when the hosts celebrated a sensational home triumph and Mariusz received the award for the Most Valuable Player of the tournament.

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