Tokyo Paralympic Games: world para-taekwondo champion Matt Bush retires injured

Matt Bush of Pembrokeshire became Britain’s first men’s taekwondo world champion in February 2019
Place: Tokyo, Japan Appointment: August 24-September 5 Time in Tokyo: BST +8
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Reigning para-taekwondo world champion Matt Bush had to withdraw from the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games due to an anterior cruciate ligament injury.

The 32-year-old Welsh heavyweight was due to fly to Japan this weekend, ahead of the para-taekwondo Games debut in September.

Bush was injured in training and is replaced by Londoner Joe Lane.

“I am really disappointed to have been taken out of competition in Tokyo for medical reasons,” said Bush.

“I know a lot of people were behind me in my quest for gold and I’m sorry for them that they couldn’t get it this time.

“But I ask them to continue the support and direct it to the rest of the team fighting for gold at the Paralympics, especially cheering on Joe Lane, who took my place to go for gold.

“With the GB Taekwondo medical staff, I found myself at an incredible level of movement considering the severity of the injury.

“But it was considered a 100% risk of more and more serious injuries if I had been able to compete.

“I am incredibly grateful to the GB staff and coaches who have helped me as much as possible and will help me rebuild for Paris 2024.”

Bush, a former international javelin thrower, became the first British para-taekwondo world champion in 2019 and is now aiming to defend his title later in the year.

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