May 19 (Reuters) - Australia’s Matthew Swann ended his international hockey career on Wednesday and said he had no regrets about making the decision before the Tokyo Olympics as he wanted to be with his wife for the birth of their first child.
Swann’s wife Roos is due to give birth on Aug. 8 -- the day of the Olympics closing ceremony -- and with athletes required to quarantine for 14 days on their return to Australia the 32-year-old has decided to put family first.
The defender, who made his ‘Kookaburras’ debut in 2009, represented Australia 204 times and scored seven goals, winning an Olympic bronze medal, two Commonwealth Games gold medals and two World Cup titles.
"This was a decision that was made over the course of four-five months," Swann said in statement here. "With Roos and I having our first child, we were hoping that quarantining would change or maybe the situation and state of COVID globally wouldn't be as dire as it is at the moment.
“It’s sad but I’ll be cheering the boys on and thinking about being there, but at the end of the day I’ve made a decision that I think is the right one for my family.”
The Australian team will depart on Friday for a four-match series against New Zealand.
Australia are in Pool A of the Olympic tournament and face hosts Japan in their opener on July 24.
Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford