Nikiforov Pulled From World’s Due To Knee

A major blow was levied to the Belgian chances for a medal at the World Championships this year, as Toma Nikiforov has pulled out of the competition due to upcoming knee surgery.

Nikiforov had major expectations put upon him heading into Baku and the World Championships, as he looked to follow up the European title he won earlier this year in Tel Aviv.

On his Facebook the Belgian Judoka claimed that  “the cross ligaments left me, so we are going to fix them good to be ready for the next events. BAKU, see you next time!”

In August he wrote on his Facebook: “Today I lost and yes my knee hurts but it’s normal and not serious. I’ll be ready for the important moments. And you know , even when I win I’m in pain but then we see only the victory. That’s the high level.”

The injury was suffered earlier this year at the Grand Prix in Budapest, during a match against Russian judoka Merab Margiev, when he roe a ligament when attempting a defensive move on Margiev.

 

Initial Report: JudoInside

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