MOSCOW, May 18. /TASS/. Two-time world volleyball champion and 11-time Russian volleyball champion Yekaterina Gamova said on Wednesday she was wrapping up her professional sports career.
"I would like to thank all my fans and coaches who participated in my development as an athlete and thank my family, which always supported me, and announce an end to my career," Gamova said in a live broadcast of Match TV television channel.
The volleyball star also said she would be unable to take part in the 2016 Olympic Games.
"My health condition does not allow me to take part in the Olympic Games," Gamova said.
The volleyball player also said she intended to link her further life with sports.
Being one of the world’s tallest female athletes at the height of 2 meters and 2 centimeters (6’8 feet), Gamova is the two time Olympic silver medalist (2000 in Australia’s Sydney and 2004 in Athens, Greece), the 2006 and 2010 World Champion as well as the two-time European Champion (1999 and 2001).
Born on October 17, 1980 in the city of Chelyabinsk, Gamova also holds 11 titles of the Russian National Volleyball Championship and is the four-time winner of the Russia Cup.
Gamova played for the Russian clubs Metar (1996-1998), Uraltransbank (1998-2000), Uralochka (2000-2003), Dinamo Moscow Region (2003-2004), Dinamo Moscow (2004-2009), Turkey’s Fenerbahce (2009-2010) and Dinamo Kazan (2010-2016).
Gamova became the Turkish volleyball champion and the holder of the Turkish Volleyball Cup and Super-Cup playing for Fenerbahce.