Basel, Jul 31: Denmark's badminton player and World number five, Viktor Axelsen on Wednesday pulled out of the upcoming BWF World Championships 2019 due to a back injury.
The 2017 world champion, Axelsen sustained a disc protrusion in the lower back, a precursor to a slipped disc which is causing pain in his back and legs. However, Axelsen said he will be back as soon as possible. "One day at a time. Will be back as soon as possible, thanks for your messages," the Danish player tweeted.
Axelsen expressed disappointment after being not able to take part in the World Championships but at the same time he added that he needs to be realistic and listen to his body and doctor's advice. ''I'm very sad and disappointed about the situation. The World Championships is the biggest event of the year and I had obviously been looking forward to playing. I've done everything I could to get ready for the World Championships, but I must also be realistic and listen to my body and to the doctors' advice'', BWF quoted Axelsen as saying in a statement from Badminton Denmark.
The 25-year-old suffered allergies that forced him to stay away from the European Games, held in June. He was ruled out of the Indonesia Open and the Japan Open due to back injury recently. Badminton Denmark said in a statement they did not want to take any chances with Axelsen’s health.
''Viktor is one of the world’s best badminton players and was the biggest medal candidate for Denmark for the upcoming World Championships. Therefore, it is of course very unfortunate both for him and Denmark that he will not play at the World Championships'', Badminton Denmark said. Badminton Denmark added that Axelsen and Team Denmark’s medical staff had struggled to make him ready for the World Championships, and while his condition had improved, it had not healed properly. (UNI)