Huelva (Spain), Dec 10 (MNN) Spanish badminton star Carolina Marin has withdrawn from BWF World Championships slated to be held in her hometown from December 12 to 19.
The 28-year-old is still recovering from an ACL injury that side-lined her from Tokyo 2020, leaving her unable to defend her Olympic gold medal from Rio 2016.
“I was having a really good season start, I had won four tournaments out of five. I was feeling very confident, strong and in a really good physical and psychological condition until one just bad movement breaks my knee completely.
“Mentally it has been really hard to keep myself up. My priorities have been always health and well-being. Therefore my team and myself have decided not to play the Huelva World Championships,” the world number 5 said in a video shared on the social media.
Marín added that given the status of her recovery, she and her team have decided not to put a firm date on her return to play:
“We have also taken the decision of not having a formal date of come back to competitions until we are not 100 per cent sure my knee is fully recovered.
“We believe I might be officially playing again in February and March.”