Kim Polling had surgery on her knee this week. The Dutch judoka therefore hopes to be able to participate in a top fit in the Olympic Games later this year.
Polling suffered from scar tissue in her knee. She has had that removed now and hopes to make her comeback at the beginning of March at the Grand Prix in Yekaterinburg, which is one of the selection moments for the Tokyo Summer Games.
"Of course I wasn't exactly bothered about another operation, but on the other hand it is quite a relief that I will soon be able to train again without a protesting knee," Polling writes on Instagram on Thursday.
"And for the Olympics, I am happy to skip the Grand Slam in Paris."
Polling is a four-time European champion in the 70 kg class. In 2013 she took bronze in the same weight class at the World Cup. In recent years, Groningen has been struggling with injuries more often. She had an elbow injury and a hernia, among other things.
Last month, Guusje Steenhuis also had surgery on her knee. The Brabant, coming in the class up to 78 kilograms, therefore misses at least the Grand Slams of Paris and Düsseldorf.
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