Defending champion Carolina Marin to not participate in this year’s Olympics

The Olympic gold medalist from 2016 suffered Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injury, the same injury she suffered during the Indonesia Masters 2019 final.

Reigning Olympic champion Carolina Marin will not be able to defend her title at the Tokyo Games 2021. The Spaniard on Tuesday said that she had picked up a knee injury and will have to undergo surgery due to which she won’t be able to participate in the quadrennial event in Tokyo.

The three-time world also confirmed on social media about her withdrawal tournament

“After the examinations during the weekend and the medical consultation, I confirm that I have torn the ACL and both meniscus on my left knee. I will undergo surgery this week and start my recovery,” Marin said in her post.

“I want to thank everyone for your support and messages during these days. This is another blow that I have to deal with, but I will certainly be back.

“The preparation during the last two months had become very difficult for reasons beyond the team’s control, but we were excited and knew that I would be in the best shape for the Olympics. It won’t be possible. I know that I am in safe hands and I have a lot of people by my side,” she added.

Badminton World Federation (BWF) also confirmed the same through their social media post and wished Marin for her speedy recovery.

“Reigning women’s singles gold medalist Carolina Marin will not defend her title at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in July.

The Spaniard, who defeated India’s Pusarla V. Sindhu in Rio four years ago to become the first European woman to win Olympic gold in badminton, confirmed the news in a post on her social media accounts.

Marin suffered a similar injury on her right knee during the Indonesia Masters 2019 final but made full recovery within eight months. She has won six HSBC BWF World Tour titles since her comeback.”

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