Carolina Marin ruled out of Tokyo Olympics due to ACL and meniscus tear on left knee

Spain's Carolina Marin confirmed on Monday that she would miss the Tokyo Olympics 2020 due to tearing both the meniscus and ACL on her left knee.

Carolina Marin in a file photo. (Image credit: Twitter)

Spain’s Carolina Marin confirmed on Monday that she would miss the Tokyo Olympics 2020 due to tearing both the meniscus and ACL on her left knee. She won the gold medal during the 2016 Olympics when she defeated India’s PV Sindhu in the final. In a cruel twist of fate, she will be unable to defend the title this year. She was the first woman badminton star from Europe to win an Olympic gold in badminton.

“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 a statement.

“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 on the best shape for the Olympics.

“It won’t be possible. I know that I am in safe hands and that I have a lot of people by my side. #ICanBecauselBelievelCan,” the statement concluded.

Not a first for Carolina Marin

Marin on Friday said she suffered a freak knee injury during training. Media reports in her native Spain at the time said she felt discomfort in the knee.

Doctors eventually conducted a number of tests on her knee and came to the conclusion she tore both meniscus and the ACL.

This isn’t the first time she has suffered from such an injury. Marin had earlier got an ACL injury on her right knee in January 2019. As a result, she was out of action until September of that year.

But she amazed everyone when she made a stunning recovery within eight months. Amazingly, she has not lost her touch after the comeback and has won six BWF World Tour titles since then.

She isn’t the only high-profile women’s star to miss the Olympics. India’s Saina Nehwal will also not be at the Games, having not met qualification criteria.



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