“Life is the most important”: Maaseik libero Martin Perin (21) ends his career after a second cardiac arrest

Martin Perin is forced to end his volleyball career. — © rr

Martin Perin, the 21-year-old volleyball player from Greenyard Maaseik who suffered another cardiac arrest on the field last Sunday, is ending his career with immediate effect.

Maaseik distributed the following response from Martin in a press release:

Dear family, dear friends and supporters,

As you all know, last Sunday I collapsed on the volleyball court for the second time in a year and a half. After my first cardiac arrest on October 1, 2022, I had a defibrillator implanted and it did a fantastic job. I regained consciousness very quickly, but I realize that I gave you quite a fright. Again, My apologies.

Two questions immediately came to mind: why did this happen and will I be able to play at a top level again? Unfortunately, I have not received an answer to the first question in recent days. Which automatically led to the answer to the second question, the question I dreaded the most. This is why, after long consultation with the team of cardiologists at the Citadelle hospital, the rational and reasoned decision was made to – unfortunately – end my career as a professional top volleyball player from today.

It is with great emotion that I convey this message to you, but also with the clear realization that this is the right decision. Life is the most important…

From my early days at Waremme Volley, my psychomotor development to the first team, to the national youth and senior teams and finally GREENYARD Maaseik, I have always worked hard to achieve my personal goals and make my dreams come true. Some of those dreams came true and were fantastic moments of emotion, while others, like playing in Italy, will never come true. A chapter of my life is closing and a new one will soon start.

I would like to thank all the people who have always supported me, starting with my parents, my brother, my whole family, all my friends, my coaches, my teammates and all the fans. I have been very fortunate to have been able to turn my passion into a profession and I am very proud of what I have achieved.

It is now time for me to relax with my family, focus on myself, think about my future and take some distance. Thank you for all the loving words over the past few days.


Martin Perin

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