Kimia Alizadeh considering retirement
Versión en Español: AQUÍ
Iranian Taekwondo star Kimia Alizadeh may be forced to retire from our sport. The shocking news went viral after her coach, Mahroo Komrani, declared that the current physical condition of Alizadeh can force one of the best athletes in the world to her retirement.
Alizadeh, who had been selected to carry Iran’s flag at the 2018 Asian Games, currently being held in Jakarta, Indonesia, was forced to pull out of the Games earlier this week after suffering an anterior cruciate ligament injury during a training session.
Alizadeh won a bronze medal at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio, which made her the first Iranian woman to win a medal at the Olympic Games.
But now, her coach says she will likely announce retirement from the sport.
“For someone who has undergone surgery several times, is very difficult to return to the sport once again,” Komrani said.
“Kimia made history for Iran in the Olympic Games but our girls have the potential to make a splash in the Asian Games in Indonesia,” she added.
Flag-bearer change at Jakarta 2018 AG opening ceremony
Iran chose shooter Elaheh Ahmadi to replace Alizadeh and carry the flag at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, becoming the first woman to carry its flag at this level.
The 36-year-old Ahmadi is a four times Asian Games medallist having won three medals – two silvers and a bronze – at Guangzhou 2010 and a silver at Incheon 2014.