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28 July 2021, 10:12

Belarusian Darya Barysevich withdraws from Tokyo Olympics

Darya Barysevich. An archive photo
Darya Barysevich. An archive photo

TOKYO, 28 July (BelTA) – Belarusian Darya Barysevich has withdrawn from the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in Tokyo where she was going to compete in the 1,500m, BelTA learned from the press service of the National Olympic Committee of Belarus.

"At the last training camp I hurt the Achilles tendon. Never before I have sustained such serious injuries. We had hopes that I would have time to recover. We reduced the training load but I still cannot run. I'm looking at a two-month recovery. It's a pity, but I have to live through this experience," said Darya Barysevich.

The head coach of the Belarusian national athletics team Yuri Moisevich also commented on this decision. "There is some unpleasant news regarding our middle-distance runner Darya Barysevich. Her injury is bad and will not allow her to compete at the Olympics. It happened at the last moment. She had her sights on a medal and had good chances. However, upon arrival in Tokyo, we conducted a final examination and decided not to risk the health of the athlete, which was a difficult decision for all of us,” the coach said.

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