Badminton: Defending champion Marin out of Tokyo Olympics

Carolina Marin said she has torn her anterior cruciate ligament and both meniscus in her left knee.
Carolina Marin said she has torn her anterior cruciate ligament and both meniscus in her left knee.PHOTO: ST FILE

MADRID (REUTERS) - Reigning women's singles Olympic badminton champion Carolina Marin of Spain has withdrawn from the Tokyo Games due to a knee ligament injury, a statement on her social media channels said.

The five-time European and three-time world champion said she had torn her anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and meniscus in her left knee.

“After examinations during the weekend and the medical consultation, I confirm that I have torn the ACL and both meniscus on my left knee,” a statement released on the 27-year-old's social media channels said.

“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 in) the best possible shape for the Olympics.

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