A twisted ankle could force Ehsan Hadadi to pull out of the Tokyo Olympics, the Iranian discus thrower confirmed.
The London 2012 silver medalist suffered the injury during the Iranian Clubs Athletics Championships in Tehran on Sunday.
Despite the injury, Hadadi managed to win the silver with a blow-par 57.47m throw, following Hossein Rasouli who finished on 58.46m.
With 10 days to go before the athletics event gets underway in the Japanese capital, the sprained ankle leaves Hadadi’s fourth participation at the Games hanging in the balance.
The Iranian is yet to fully recover from a spinal disc problem, which saw him cut short his preparations in the United States in June and fly back to Iran for treatment.
Speaking to Varzesh3 after Sunday’s competition, Hadadi said, “I will have to leave for Tokyo on Sunday, but I have to wait and see what happens until then.”
The Iranian added, “A fourth participation at the Olympics will be a historic occasion for the Iranian sport, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to push for that at all costs.”
“I’m looking to take part at the Olympics in my best form as a bad performance would harm my reputation,” said the 2011 world bronze medalist and four-time Asian Games gold winner.
The Olympics would be Hadadi’s first international event since the 2019 World Athletics Championships in Qatar, where he finished seventh with 65.16m.
Should he withdraw from the Games, he will be the third Iranian to be ruled of the event, following injured weightlifter Parisa Jahanfekrian and Bahman Asgari, who will miss the karate competitions due to a failed doping test.