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Sindhu pulls out of World Championships following stress fracture

Last updated on: August 14, 2022 05:17 IST

PV Sindhu

IMAGE: At the World Championships, P V Sindhu won gold in 2019, silver in 2017 and 2018, and bronze in 2013 and 2014. Photograph: Robert Cianflone/Getty Images

India's star shuttler P V Sindhu pulled out of the upcoming BWF World Championships on Saturday following a stress fracture on her left foot.

In a statement shared on Twitter, the double Olympic medallist confirmed she will be missing the 2022 World Championships, in Tokyo, from August 21 to 28.


"While I am on the high of winning a gold medal at the CWG for India. Unfortunately, I have to pull out of the world championships. I felt pain and there was an injury scare at the quarter-finals of the CWG, but with the help of my coach, physio and trainer, I decided to push as far as I could," she said.

"The pain was unbearable during and post the finals. Hence I rushed for an MRI as soon as I got back to Hyderabad. The doctors confirmed a stress fracture on my left foot and recommended rest for a few weeks. I should be back to training in a few weeks. Thank you all for your support and love," she added.

At the World Championships, Sindhu won gold in 2019, silver in 2017 and 2018, and bronze in 2013, 2014.

The world No. 7 added the CWG singles gold to her wide array of medals with a convincing 21-15, 21-13 victory over 13th-ranked Canada's Michelle Li in the final.

It was Sindhu's second gold medal at the Commonwealth Games, having earlier won the yellow metal in 2018 in the mixed team event.

She also has a silver and bronze in women's singles from the 2018 and 2014 editions respectively.

The 27-year-old also has two Olympic medals from singles: a silver at Rio in 2016 and a bronze medal at Tokyo in 2021.