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Top Italian Volleyball Player Considers Quitting Over Racism

  • Egonu comments after playing on bronze-medal winning team
  • Volleyball star was born in Italy of Nigerian descent
Italy's Paola Ogechi Egonu spikes the ball. 

Italy's Paola Ogechi Egonu spikes the ball. 

Photographer: Pedja Milosavljeic/AFP/Getty Images

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An Italian volleyball star is considering quitting the national squad over racist attacks after helping her team take third place in the world championships. 

“This is my last game with the national team,” Paola Egonu, a 23-year-old born in Italy of Nigerian descent, was heard telling her manager in a video posted on Twitter on Saturday. She spoke after the team’s 3-0 victory over the US to secure the bronze medal. “You can’t understand. They asked me why I am Italian.”