MOSCOW, July 18 (Reuters) – Russian gymnast Artur Dalaloyan will not participate in the vault and floor exercise at the Tokyo Games due to a persistent injury, the team’s coach said on Sunday. RIA news agency.
The 25-year-old cut his Achilles tendon in training ahead of the European Championships and underwent surgery in April. He partially recovered and was named to the Russian men’s Olympic team.
“Artur has a very serious injury and he cannot compete in vault and floor,” coach Valery Alfosov said as quoted by RIA. “It’s a big loss, of course, but what can be done.”
The injury means that Dalaloyan, the 2018 all-around world champion, will not compete in the all-around.
The Russian men’s team won silver at the Rio 2016 Games and has not won gold in that event since 1996. Dalaloyan’s health issues raise questions about the Russian team’s ability to improve his condition. result of the last Olympic Games.
Russian athletes will compete in Tokyo as representatives of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) because the country has been stripped of its flag and anthem for doping offenses.
Reporting by Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber; Editing by Christian Radnedge
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