Climate change for Luc Abalo.
After the harsh Norwegian weather, the recent Olympic champion in Tokyo will discover the mild winter of Japan on a daily basis.
The 37-year-old former Ivry, Ciudad Real and PSG player, free since his contract with Elverum ended last June, will join Zeekstar Tokyo, current championship leader after two days, in the coming weeks.
"We are pleased to inform you that the team of the Japanese Handball League Zeestar Tokyo has entered into a contract agreement with Luc Abalo, the legend of the French handball team", the club communicated on its website. .
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- ジ ー ク ス タ ー 東京 (@ZeekstarTokyo) September 17, 2021
“I always wanted to explore the world through my sport, explains the person concerned.
This is also why I went to Norway last year.
There, Japan still offers me the possibility of experiencing something completely different.
When I was in Spain (between 2008 and 2012), I realized that I had the player profile to play in the biggest clubs, that I was made to experience great things sportingly, but that was not all.
"Japan is a country that I appreciate"
The Japanese club's site also adds that Luc Abalo will join him "in the fall", after "having taken the prescribed waiting measures", and this for a one-year contract. "It was I who went to them," said the former PSG winger (2012 - 2020). I contacted Rémi Feutrier (editor's note: Franco-Japanese player who played in Chambéry and who participated in the last Games with Japan), who has just signed there. This kind of club does not dare to contact players who have my background. Just because I have played at the highest level all my life doesn't mean I can't help them! "
For Luc Abalo, it will also be an opportunity to feed his thirst for culture.
Artist at heart (and more particularly in everything that has appeal to the image, such as painting and photography, designer of a clothing line, the three-time Olympic champion has already started Japanese lessons. "Japan is a country that I appreciate. It will be fine. I have no apprehension. Otherwise I would not have signed! ", he concludes, happy.
We only see something if we see its beauty #oscarwilde #olympicgames @ iconsport.fr in Tokyo Japan https://t.co/dhEDytdQta
- Luc Abalo (@lucabalo) August 5, 2021