Madrid, Jun 1 (EFE).- Olympic badminton champion Carolina Marin is set to miss out on defending her title at the Tokyo 2020 Games because of a knee injury.
The 27-year-old Spaniard, who won a gold medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics, got injured during a training last month without knowing its extent.
“After examinations during the weekend and the medical consultation, I confirm that I have torn the ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) and both meniscus on my left knee,” Marin said on Twitter on Tuesday.
The three-time World and five-time European champion added she would undergo a surgery later this week before she starts her recovery.
“This is another blow that I have to deal with, but I will certainly be back,” she continued.
Marin’s coach, Fernando Rivas, said the situation is “very tough,” adding her entire team will be there for her at all times.
Marin sustained her first knee injury back in 2019 and was forced to miss the Badminton World Championship in Basel.
She then competed at 2019 Vietnam Open but lost to Thailand’s Supanida Katethong. Her first tournament win after her return was China Open where she defeated Tai Tzu-ying to claim the title.EFE