'I will miss you at the Olympics' - PV Sindhu sends message of support to badminton rival Carolina Marin

Defending Olympic women's badminton champion Carolina Marin had beaten PV Sindhu in the 2016 Olympics to win gold.

PV Sindhu (L) and Carolina Marin in a file photo. (Image: Olympics)

Indian badminton star PV Sindhu sent fellow shuttler Carolina Marin a message of support on Twitter. Spain’s Marin was recently ruled out of the Olympics due to left knee injuries. Incidentally, the defending Olympic champion Marin beat Sindhu in the 2016 Olympics to win gold.

“So sorry to hear about your injury. Hoping that you will recover soon and come back stronger,” Sindhu said in a video message posted on Twitter.

“I remember the last Olympic Games when we played in the final. It was really good competing against you so I’m going to miss that again, and I’ve been missing you, seeing you on court.

“I will miss you at the Olympic Games but hope we compete against each other soon, so come back fast and recover soon. Lots of love.”

Why will Carolina Marin miss the Olympics?

Marin will miss the Tokyo Olympics 2020 due to tearing both the meniscus and ACL on her left knee. 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.

What does this mean for PV Sindhu and others?

Marin’s absence opens a window of opportunity for others to claim gold in the women’s badminton tournament. The women’s badminto division is stacked, but Marin started as the clear favourite to retain her Olympic crown.

Now the likes of Sindhu, Tai Tzu Ying and Nozomi Okuhara will further fancy their chances at winning Olympic gold.

The Tokyo Olympics are set to get underway from July 23 – despite massive public disapproval due to a growing COVID-19 second wave in the nation.

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