Basketball: Olympic vice-champion Isabelle Yacoubou ends her career

Paris (AFP) – Basketball player Isabelle Yacoubou, Olympic vice-champion with Les Bleues at the 2012 Olympics, is leaving the courts for good at the age of 37, her Tarbes club announced on Wednesday.

Frenchwoman Isabelle Yacoubou against Serbia during the 2016 Rio Olympics © Jim YOUNG / POOL/AFP/Archives

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Isabelle Yacoubou, French basketball legend, ends her playing career following her injury contracted during the match at Charleville-Mézières on January 24, despite an attempt at treatment and rehabilitation to be able to finish her season

” , indicates Tarbes GB.

Figure of the "Braqueuses" European champions in 2009 and therefore silver medalists at the 2012 Olympics, before becoming captain of the French team, she had retired internationally after 147 selections and the Rio 2016 Olympics concluded at the fourth place.

The 1.90 meter pivot had suffered from recurring knee pain for several years.

Despite her injury, she remains present at the side of the field during training and home matches, in order to prepare for her future role in the club since she will join the TGB staff next season

,” indicates Tarbes, the club of her debut, with which she won the French championship in 2010.

French basketball player Isabelle Yacoubou, February 27, 2023 in Paris © JULIEN DE ROSA / AFP/Archives

Two years later, "Baby Shaq", his nickname in reference to ex-NBA player Shaquille O'Neal, won the biggest club title, the Euroleague with Valencia.


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