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MOSCOW, May 18. /TASS/. Russia’s two-time world volleyball champion Lyubov Sokolova, 38, has announced an end to her sports career. She told TASS on Wednesday about her decision.
"I’m going to undergo a feet surgery. I spoke with head coach Yuri Nikolayevich Marichev and explained him the situation. I made the point that I will not join the team, as I cannot train at full capacity with such feet. It is necessary to earn a place in the team and train to the maximum to go to the Olympics, however I cannot train at full capacity and don’t want to occupy someone else's place. I have finished my career both in the club and the national team," Sokolova said.
The player debuted in the Russian national team in 1996. She has two times won the world champion’s title (in 2006 and 2010), she is two-time Olympic silver medalist (2000, 2004), two-time European champion (1999, 2001).
Sokolova played for the Russian clubs CSKA Moscow (1992-1995), Rossy (1995-1996), Uralochka (1999-2000), Zarechye-Odintsovo (2007-2009) and Dynamo Krasnodar (2013-2016). In addition, she played for the Croatian club Mladost (1997-1998), Turkish Eczacibasi (2000-2001, 2010-2012) and Fenerbahce (2010-2012), for the Italian Bergamo (2002-2005) and Jesi (2009-2010), Spanish Murcia (2006-2007).
At the club level she has twice became the champion of Russia (1999/2000, 2007/2008), silver (1993/94, 1994/95, 1998/99, 2008/09) and bronze medalist of the tournament (1992/93, 1996/97, 2015/16). Within the foreign clubs she has become two-time champion of Turkey (2000/01, 2010/11), the champion of Italy (2003-04), the champion of Spain (2006/07). She has twice won the Champions League tournament (2004/05, 2011/12) and once - FIVB Volleyball Club World Championship (2010).