Iranian discus thrower Ehsan Hadadi has been given the go-ahead by his medical team to participate at the Tokyo Olympics despite dealing with a back injury.
Hadadi had to cut short his preparations in the United States earlier this month and fly back to Iran due to a spinal disc problem, Mehr News Agency reported.
However, an Iranian Sports Medicine Federation committee dismissed a surgery for the four-time Asian Games champion before the Olympics in July.
“It’s clear that he has been having a spinal disc problem, which has hampered his trainings over the past few weeks,” Dr. Gholamreza Norouzi said, adding: “But the injury is not that severe to jeopardize his participation at the Olympics.”
The Iranian doctor said Hadadi will have receive treatment through physiotherapy sessions while resuming preparation before heading to Tokyo.
Hadadi, 36, will be looking to emulate his success at London 2012, where he clinched a historic silver medal – a first-ever, and to date the only one, in the athletics for the country – with a 68.18m throw.