Defending Olympic women's singles badminton champion Carolina Marin has withdrawn her participation from the upcoming Tokyo Olympics. The world number 4 took the tough decision as she is set to undergo surgery following a knee injury she picked up during a training session last week. The Spaniard informed about her decision to pull out of the mega event through a social media post on Tuesday.
Here is her post:
I will be back: Carolina Marin
In a statement, the defending Olympic champion said she has torn the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and the two meniscus on her left knee. To recover from the injury, she will now undergo surgery, informed the player.
"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 social media post.
"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's exit now means Indian badminton star PV Sindhu will be a top contender for gold medal in the singles category. Sindhu didn't hold a great record against the Spaniard in the past, and the latter's exit might now boost Sindhu's chances of clinching a gold in the Tokyo Games.