Defending champion Carolina Marin will not be participating in the Tokyo Olympics; she has torn the ACL and meniscus on her left knee.
“After the examinations during the weekend and the medical consultation, I can confirm that I have torn the ACL and both meniscus on my left knee. I will undergo surgery this week and start my recovery,” said Marin.
“We (she and her team) were excited and knew that I would be in the best shape for the Olympics. It won’t be possible,” she said.
Marin injured her left knee during a routine training session three days back, but the extent of the injury was not disclosed then.
The nature of the injuries which the three time world champion has suffered is very serious.
ACL tears are considered career threatening, but Marin has shown that she can come back from such an injury.
The injury which she suffered in 2019 was also an ACL tear, but on the right knee. She took almost eight months to come back from the injury.
Meniscus tears are even harder to heal than ACL tears. There is little to no blood flow in the meniscus, this means that surgery is the only way to fix a meniscus tear.
“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,” Marin added.