Marin has confirmed that an injured left knee has ruled her out of the Olympic Games in 2021.

Spain’s Olympic women’s singles badminton champion Carolina Marin confirmed on Tuesday via Instagram. In a heartfelt post, the reigning women’s singles champion told her followers that she has torn her ACL and both menisci in her left knee. She is due to undergo surgery later this week but the recovery schedule will rule her out of this year’s Olympics.

Marin, a five-time European and three-time world champion who beat Pusarla Venkata Sindhu of India to claim gold at the Rio de Janeiro Games in 2016, said she has torn her anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and both meniscus in her left knee.

The Huelva-born athlete was also third in the BWF world rankings, below TAI Tzu Ying (Chinese Taipei) and CHEN Yu Fei (People’s Republic of China).

“This is another blow that I have to deal with, but I will certainly be back. The preparation 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,” Marin said in a message to her followers on social media.

The Spanish player had already suffered an ACL injury in her right knee in 2019, needing seven months to recover before making a successful return to competition. The COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent postponement of the Olympic Games had given the athlete hope of retaining her title in Tokyo, as she made a full recovery.

However, with this new injury, one of Spain’s brightest hopes for success at the Olympic Games has been forced to miss out on this year’s greatest sporting showcase.

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