Handball Star Luc Abalo Finds Equality on the Court | Flag and Family


I’ve never asked myself
that question. I was born in France,
I grew up in France. It goes without saying
that I’d play for France. (FLAG AND FAMILY) (LUC ABALO) (FRANCE, PARIS) I’m Luc Abalo, a player on the
French national handball team. I started when I was 14
at Ivry-sur-Seine, in a club on the outskirts
of Paris. Ivry is a town where handball has always played a vital role. There has always been a good
handball team in this town. My favourite memory is of the 2012 Olympic Games. That was the hardest
tournament for me. We weren’t a very
confident team. Nevertheless,
we managed to win. The Paris Saint-Germain team represents diverse
nationalities and cultures. Other players grew up
differently from me. Sometimes there are situations
where we don’t all react the same way. That’s due to how we grew up and the country in which
we were born. It also depends on the parents. I’ve learned to put myself
in their shoes and to understand how they live and experience it. (PSG HANDBALL (18 ATHLETES – 8 NATIONS –
1 TEAM) There are differences on the
court that you would notice. But there are in everyday life. That’s where you can feel that we’re not from the same
culture. It wasn’t my dream to become
a handball player or a top athlete. It was my dream to become a painter or an illustrator. I think I’ll do that
after handball. In photography I like the way objects are arranged
in the frame, Whether it’s painting
or photography, I like portraits best. I think facial expressions
have so much power. I love… I love faces. I do a lot of
art-related things because I have
a creative drive. It’s like a calling. A voice inside me says, “Don’t sit around in front of
the TV doing nothing.” I’m a little hyperactive, so I need to be creative. (CREATIVITY FACTS (CREATIVITY DOES NOT HAVE
A CORRECT ANSWER) I don’t accept borders. Humanity has its differences: skin colour, we don’t all speak
the same language. But we’re all human beings. It doesn’t matter if
the jerseys we’re wearing are blue,
yellow or red. When we’re on the court,
fighting to win, we don’t see the differences
in skin colour, nationality, culture or upbringing. On the court, we’re all
just equals.


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