He was left with out gear when handball returned to exercise after the pandemic. On the age of 40, arriving at Puerto Sagunto saved alive his hope of being on the highest stage for the massive occasion, the place he even dared to dream of a semifinal. “I preserve giving my greatest to be in Tokyo,” he warns.
Gonzalo Carou isn’t used to shifting round lots. When he was 21 he left Argentina and went to play in Spain. It was first seven seasons in Arrate Sports activities Youth from Éibar, within the Basque Nation. In 2008 he moved to León to defend the jersey of Ademar and there he stayed, apart from a one-year deadlock in 2015, by which he performed in Istres OPH of France, till the center of this 2020. In León he grew to become some of the excellent gamers of the Asobal League, to the purpose that in June the Finest Defender of the 2019/20 season, which was canceled after 19 dates because of the coronavirus pandemic. However Ademar determined to resume the squad for the brand new championship and guess on younger gamers, with a long-term undertaking. And Carou needed to discover new instructions.
It may have been taken with no consideration and, on the age of 40 – he turned 41 in August -, decrease the curtain on his profession, which incorporates two Olympic Video games (London 2012 and Rio de Janeiro 2016), ten World Cups and the Pan-American golds in Guadalajara 2011 and Lima 2019 with the Argentine nationwide crew. However he determined to make another effort as a result of he didn’t wish to say goodbye as a participant away from the courts and with out fulfilling the final nice purpose that he had set. “I preserve giving my greatest to be in Tokyo,” he warns in a chat with Clarín who in the present day already shines with the Puerto Sagunto, your new crew.
“I feel that if the Olympics had been performed in a well timed method, I most likely would have stopped taking part in after Ademar left. However the truth that Tokyo moved subsequent yr led me to make an additional effort to get in my greatest time to the brand new dates of 2021 “, explains Carou from Spain.
-So retirement by no means crossed your thoughts …
In my head was to proceed. It was very troublesome to assume that I used to be going to go away all the pieces, to desert, so near Tokyo. My spouse (Constanza) thought the identical as a result of she is aware of what an Olympic Sport means to me. It was exhausting having to say goodbye to León after eleven years at that membership with out having the ability to greet and thank the folks, with out having the ability to end a sport. Retire as a participant additionally on this scenario could be worse. However he knew that retirement was an vital chance as a result of a chance needed to seem that the entire household would be ok with. I had a number of provides however for one motive or one other they didn’t shut us and I noticed that my potentialities had been being restricted. Fortunately the Puerto Sagunto factor got here out, the place we knew we had been all going to be advantageous, and it was fast. And now we’re very nicely right here.
– That award for Finest Defender, which got here to you in your sixteenth season within the Spanish league, was one other impulse to proceed?
-The will to proceed comes from the postponement of Tokyo. However that award was an ideal pleasure and satisfaction, particularly after that fairly bitter finish of the season that we had skilled. I all the time say that the awards aren’t the vital factor, however they’re rewarding, and receiving it at this level in my profession was additionally a little bit of a shock, as a result of it is extremely troublesome to win it – it’s troublesome to judge defender on this league – and extra to my age. One of the stunning issues that this award left me was that gamers from different international locations that I do not know nicely or rivals I competed towards congratulated me. It additionally occurred to me once I broke the report for matches by international gamers within the League. That different gamers say that I deserve it, that they love how I defend or that I’m a mirror the place they have a look at themselves, fills me with satisfaction and satisfaction.
-Whenever you left Ademar, did you analyze the opportunity of returning to Argentina and proceed making ready for Tokyo right here, as Sebastián Simonet did final yr?
-There was that chance, however I knew that it will value me lots there due to my age. Seba for me he’s nonetheless a younger boy (laughs) and has one other bodily capability and one other sport. I should be in an expert league to have the ability to dedicate myself completely to handball. If I went again to Argentina, I needed to work on one thing else after which go to coaching. That is additionally why this crew change ended up being optimistic. I got here to a membership that has fewer video games and fewer strain, the place I can maintain myself and work extra all through the week and put together higher for every date and in the long run, to get to the Olympics nicely.
The 2020/21 season of the Asobal League, the primary division of Spanish handball, began at the start of September and has been disputed for 12 dates, though some video games had been postponed and their dates modified because of the well being disaster and the second wave of infections. of Covid-19 that impacts Spain. Puerto Sagunto is thirteenth with 5 factors in seven video games, in a desk led by the highly effective Barcelona, undefeated with 24 factors in twelve video games. And Carou already feels at house.
“I needed to go to a crew the place I may work and really feel comfy, in a metropolis the place the entire household was advantageous –NdR: Con Constanza have two youngsters, Mateo (6) and Emma (3)– and Puerto Sagunto had all these benefits. Leo Querín, a teammate since we had been juniors, performs right here and helped me lots and instructed me to remain calm, that persons are critical and work nicely. Leon is a bit unusual, however at this level in my profession adjustments value much less. I additionally arrived as a number one participant within the League and I did not have to come back to show something. And by chance the coexistence is excellent and I felt comfy from the primary second, “says the Argentine.
With the tip of the yr break close to, Carou is already inspired to undertaking a 2021 by which he’ll face two nice aims with the chosen one. As a result of along with Tokyo, an important occasion of the yr, the crew will play in January on Egypt World Cup, which will probably be a part of group D together with Denmark, champions within the 2019 version, Bahrain and the debuting Democratic Republic of the Congo. It will likely be the eleventh for Carou, which is already the participant with probably the most World Cups in historical past. And the Argentine captain is aware of what the purpose is.
“All of us needed revenge within the final World Cup. We had excellent outcomes however not last classification, as a result of we beat many Europeans, with nice video games, however we misplaced the duels that we didn’t should lose and we had been out of the combat. Now we’re going to have one other alternative. We had a bunch inside all accessible, however we nonetheless know that it’s going to not be straightforward in any respect. “
-How do you think about the World Cup with all of the precautions that can certainly be taken because of the pandemic?
-I hope it may be achieved in Egypt and that all the pieces goes nicely. They are saying there may be going to be a bubble, which I feel isn’t that troublesome to deal with. I think about that they are going to ask you for the PCR earlier than you go, you’ll have to lock your self within the lodge and virtually be there throughout the event. We’re actually trying ahead to taking part in it. It would assist us get that thorn out of the final World Cup and to arrange and proceed submitting issues for the Olympic Video games, that are our nice appointment in 2021.
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