Maltsi announces retirement from international basketball

Maltsi announces retirement from international basketball

Evina Maltsi, who enjoyed a hugely successful career with the women’s national team, has announced her retirement from international basketball.

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Maltsi, 40, announced her retirement from the Greek national team with this following statement:

“A few days ago, I made one of the hardest decisions of my life, and the time has come to announce it.

I am saying goodbye to the national team.

It is very difficult to part with something which you love so much.

The national team has been the ultimate motivation for me over the course of all these years. My reason to play basketball. Nothing compares to the feeling of representing your country and listening to our national anthem at stadiums around the world.

It has been a true honour for me to wear the world “HELLAS” on my jersey.

Yes, there have been many ups and downs, but they are all unique moments which will always be in my heart.

For more than 20 years I have served the GREEK NATIONAL TEAM!

I feel fortunate and grateful to have participated in the team’s great successes at European and international level.

I would like to thank the president of the Hellenic Basketball Federation, the administration, coaches, assistants, doctors, physiotherapists and especially my teammates. Finally, a big thank you goes to the fans for their support and showing us love in both the good and bad moments.

In life, all chapters have a beginning and an ending. I now hand over the baton to the younger generation, wishing them success. The journey won’t be easy, but it’s worth it.

I will always be at the disposal of the national team and the new generations.”

The Hellenic Basketball Federation released this video as a tribute:

Born on December 20, 1978, Maltsi has played for the likes of Panathinaikos, Zaragoza, Connecticut Sun, USK Praha, Botas and Olympiacos, notably claiming the Greek double with the latter in both 2017 and 2018. Maltsi had also won the domestic championship and cup with Panathinaikos in 2000.

In the 2007 WNBA season, Maltsi competed in 26 matches for Connecticut, averaging 5.7 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.5 assists. Her best performance was a tally of 23 points in a game against Los Angeles.

On the international stage, she starred for the Greek national team, earning the title of the Most Valuable Player of the 2009 EuroBasket competition while also being included in the All-Tournament Team of the 2009 and 2017 EuroBasket tournaments. Maltsi made her maiden appearance for the Ethniki Omada on April 25, 1998 in a 73:55 victory against Romania.

 

by Shaun Nicolaides

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