Credit: TASS – Scanpix
Credit TASS – Scanpix

Michael Eric announced on social media that he will not help Nigeria in the Tokyo Olympics due to a "traumatic experience" with Covid. The PBC CSKA Moscow center released the following statement:

Michael Eric

Michael  Eric
Team: CSKA Moscow
Position: C
Age: 33
Height: 211 cm
Weight: 120 kg
Birth place: Lagos, Nigeria

“I tested positive for COVID-19 and experienced very aggressive symptoms to the extent I was advised not to try any physical activity during my isolation period,” Eric wrote. “Part of this isolation happened to coincide with the first week of the national team’s training camp. With multiple negative 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.”

The 33-year-old was CSKA's backup center last season and helped the team win another VTB United League title. He also competed in the EuroLeague Final Four with the Russian powerhouse.

Michael Eric averaged 5.4 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 6.4 EFF in last season's EuroLeague. In the VTB league, he accumulated 7.6 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 10.6 EFF.

Nigeria is part of Group B of the upcoming Tokyo Olympics. The African team will face Australia, winner of the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Split, Croatia, and winner of OQT in Belgrade, Serbia.

Show comments
Highlighted (0) All (2)
Micheal, not Michael, please correct the name
Thank you for reporting a comment

Add comment
  Symbols left:     Total comments: 2

We have the right to remove comments which are offensive, contains abusive language, or violates other rules of the website