Mike Fisher, the world’s oldest man, will retire from the sport of discus in 2019, his team announced Tuesday.
The world’s only discus champion will also be the last man to hold the title, the U.S. Discus Association announced.
The decision came after Fisher spoke to a group of colleagues and decided to step down.
Fisher was 93 years old when he won his first championship in 1956 and is the oldest man in the world, the association said in a statement.
The announcement came as the sport’s governing body, the United States Discus Federation, said in September that it was considering a ban on the sport.
Fisher’s retirement came as he announced that he will step down as the oldest person in the sport, and will be replaced by a new champion.
He said that he was not interested in becoming a broadcaster or a broadcaster’s partner and did not think that he needed to be, the Associated Press reported.
He announced in August that he would retire, citing health issues that he said he suffered during his career.