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Carolina Marin to give Tokyo Olympics a miss due to knee injury

Defending Olympic women's badminton singles gold winner Carolina Marin pulled out of Tokyo Olympics on June 1, 2021 due to a knee injury, Photo: Twitter/@CarolinaMarin

Madrid, June 1 (MNN) Defending Olympic women’s badminton singles gold winner Carolina Marin on Tuesday pulled out of the Tokyo Olympics due to a knee injury.

Marin had beaten India’s Pusarla Venkata Sindhu to claim the gold at the 2016 Rio Olympics. The Tokyo Olympics begins on July 23.

The 27-year-old Spaniard felt discomfort in her knee during training on Saturday and tests revealed that an Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) tear in her left knee will require surgery to heal.

Marin, five-time European and three-time world champion, took to Twitter and released a statement: “After the examination 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.

“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 want to thank everyone for your support and messages during these days. I know that I am in safe hands and that I have a lot of people by my side.”

A three-time World Champion, Marin won the season-opening Thailand Open tournaments with ease and finished as the runner-up at BWF World Tour Finals.

She also won the Swiss Open and the European Championships title as recently as May 2.

Tai Tzu Ying, the World number 1, was the only shuttler who managed to beat Marin in the ongoing season.

In fact, Marin had beaten reigning world champion PV Sindhu in straight games in the Swiss Open final. Marin was a title favourite as she had been in red-hot form this year, winning four of the five finals that she played.

Marin had earlier suffered an ACL injury on her right knee in January 2019, which kept her out of the courts until September of that year.

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