The Dutch judokas are very shocked by the injury that fellow countryman Tessie Savelkouls sustained at the Grand Slam in Paris on Sunday. She can almost certainly forget about the Olympic Games next summer.
Savelkouls, who comes in the weight class above 78 kilograms, sustained her injury in a match against the Frenchwoman Romane Dicko. Her leg stopped, causing her knee to come out of the bowl. The exact severity is not yet known.
"She had surgery in the hospital and it doesn't look good. It was horrible to see, I was very shocked," said national coach Maarten Arens at the NOS .
"Everyone almost felt their stomachs turn. We think the end of the story is towards the Tokyo Games. We are holding on, but it looks really bad."
"Everyone was busy with it all day"
Arens noticed that the serious injury of Savelkouls, who was lying on the ground for a long time and was taken away by stretcher, had an impact on the other participants in the Grand Slam.
"Everyone was busy with it all day. Everything went on and that is strange. A number of girls went to the hospital with her, just like our doctor. The foreign athletes were also busy with it. It is a terrible day."
27-year-old Savelkouls took part in the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro four years ago. She then lost in the resits, so she grabbed next to a medal.
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