Former CSKA Moscow centre Michael Eric, has announced that he won’t be part of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, due to COVID-19.
The 33 year old, penned an emotional message announcing his withdrawal from the Squad.
Michael Eric has contributed massively to the progress of D’Tigers of Nigeria for the past couple of years, with his impressive offensive and defensive performance.
It will be recalled that, Eric was part of the Nigerian team that participated at the 2019 FIBA WORLD CUP in China. Where Nigeria sealed automatic Olympic spot by beating host Nation China, in a keenly contested affair.
Eric also clinched the Euroleague after signing with CSKA Moscow for the rest of the 2020–21 season. On June 16, 2021, Eric officially parted ways with the Russian club.
MICHAEL ERIC MESSAGE
“I am deeply saddened to announce I will not be able to represent my country, Nigeria, in this year’s Olympics in Japan.
“During the last 2 and a half weeks, my health and physical shape went through a traumatic experience that will unfortunately make me miss this tournament.”
“I tested positive for the Covid-19 virus and experienced very aggressive symptoms, to the extent I was advised not to try any physical activity during my isolation period.”
“Part of this isolation period happened to coincide with the first week of the national team’s training camp. With multiplenegative tests, I wanted to be part of the camp, even though my body was in no physical shape to compete.”
“Ultimately, despite my all-out efforts to recover, it wasn’t possible for me to get ready in time to meet the demands of representing Nigeria in the Olympics at the level that the national team deserves.”
“Being an Olympian has been my lifelong dream. But I know must do what’s best for my health and my well being, and above all, for the team’s benefit. Regaining my strength and recovering over time so I can come back stronger, rather than rushing to play this summer, is what’s best for me and our team.”
“I pray to once again compete in the future for my country, as it’s one of the greatest honors of my professional career.”
“Nigerians are known for being very resilient, and I am already working hard to come back and give it my all on the court. As we always say: “Naija no Dey carry last.” I wish my brothers best of luck as they continue to represent our country to the best of their abilities.”