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Noel van 't End faces knee injury and cancels Baku Games

2 Jun 2015 10:55

   Emir Incegul / Turkish Judo Federation
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Dutchman Noël van 't End won’t participate in the European Games in Baku end of June. The winner of the Grand Prix of Samsun had his medial ligament torn in an event in Germany where he competed in the U100 category, one weight higher than usual.

Van 't End "I fought against a Georgian from the class up to 100 kilograms," he says. "He started his throw on my left leg, but because my foot was in place, it all went wrong when his weight was on my left knee."


Studies showed that the days after the tube of his left knee is almost torn off. "I wear a brace now that I must persist for at least six weeks," says Van 't End. "Normally I would need six to twelve weeks for this injury, but I hope I can train again cautious about six weeks. I can forget being fit as a fiddle at the World Championships.”


The 23-year-old Van 't End won gold in Samsun and took silver at the Grand Slam tournament in Baku and bronze at the Masters this year.

The timing of the injury comes at "a bad timing," said the judoka. "About twelve weeks the World Championships will take place and I booked good results lately. I booked a lot of progression and my throws were getting better. And now this.”


Van 't End has talked a lot with his teammate Henk Grol. "He's an expert concerning setback. Henk himself had many injuries in his career and he explained to me in detail what I can expect a week and going to feel. So he gives a lot of support."

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