Paris (AFP)

Luc Abalo, at the end of his contract with Paris SG, has signed at Elverum for next season, the Norwegian club announced on social media on Thursday, with the French handball player opted for the Tokyo Olympics shifted to the summer 2021.

"Twice Olympic champion, three times world champion, three times European champion. Welcome Luc Abalo #sammenforelverum", wrote Elverum on his Instagram account, with the photo of the right winger and the date of "2021".

The postponement of the Tokyo Olympics to the summer of 2021 (from July 23 to August 8) prompted the 35-year-old Frenchman to pursue his one-year career, trying to finish the story with the Blues in style. the quest for a third Olympic title after Beijing-2008 and London-2012. For this, the French will first have to go through an Olympic qualification tournament in March 2021.

Trained in Ivry where he began his professional career, then passed through the Spanish club Ciudad Real, Luc Abalo arrived in 2012 in Paris. He was at the end of his contract this season with the reigning six-time champion of France and was looking for a club for the 2020/21 season.

He joined Elverum, a Norwegian club which had qualified this season in the Champions League high pools (8th in its group with a win, a draw and 12 losses), and against which Abalo had won twice with the PSG.

"Elverum has a young team and I want to bring my experience, both in league matches, but above all in Europe. We will do our best not to be an outsider, but a team that wins handball matches" , explained the French international, quoted in a press release from the Norwegian club.

"I'm going to work as hard as I always did to continue on the French national team until the Olympics in 2021," added Abalo.

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