Rory McIlroy ruptures ankle ligment

3 Comments

Irish golfer Rory McIlroy, currently the world’s top-ranked golfer, suffered an ankle injury over the weekend and threw his status for the 2016 Rio Olympics into doubt.

While playing soccer with friends over the weekend, McIlroy ruptured the anterior talofibular ligament in his left ankle. He announced the injury on Instagram with a photo of him balancing on crutches with his leg in a boot.

His caption read, “Continuing to assess extent of injury and treatment plan day by day. Rehab already started. … Working hard to get back as soon as I can.”

The Associated Press

McIlroy’s spokesman confirmed that he won’t compete at the Scottish Open, which begins Thursday. He’ll also likely miss the Open Championship at St. Andrews, which begins on July 16th.

If McIlroy’s rehab stretches into next season, or if he returns too soon and plays poorly, he may not have a high enough ranking to qualify for the Rio Olympics.

120 players, 60 men and 60 women, will be included in the 2016 Olympic golf tournament, based on the world rankings in July 2016. The top 15, with no more than four players per nation, will be eligible to qualify, and then the field will be filled according to rankings with a maximum of two players per nation.

McIlroy announced last month that he will seek to represent Ireland, not Great Britain, in the Olympics. Choosing Ireland will make qualifying easier, as there are more British golfers in the top 60 rankings.

Golf will be returning to the Olympic program for the first time since 1904. The 72-hole, stroke-play tournament will take place over both weeks of the Olympics, with men competing during the first week and women in the second.

Will Abby Wambach play in Rio?

USOPC seeks to revoke USA Badminton’s status

Getty Images
Leave a comment

U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee CEO Sarah Hirshland filed a complaint to revoke USA Badminton’s status as the national governing body for the sport, a year after a USOPC audit found the organization lacked athlete safety requirements.

USA Badminton “failed to meet its responsibilities as an NGB and consistently failed to meet its obligations to its members and to U.S. athletes,” according to the USOPC. “Further, USAB has failed to conduct itself in a manner that demonstrates it can fulfill those responsibilities.”

Asked for reaction, USA Badminton interim CEO Linda French said, “I’m very disappointed in the USOPC and the conduct of their staff.”

USA Badminton recently had mass resignations among its board and top officials amid governance issues and the USOPC threatening decertification. A 2018 USOPC audit found four “high risk” areas in USA Badminton’s athlete safety and SafeSport compliance that, by March, had not been fully resolved.

“We have attempted to work with USAB’s leadership over the course of the last year to address our concerns, however those efforts have not yielded the results necessary to give me confidence in USAB’s ability to continue to serve its athletes as an NGB,” Hirshland wrote. “We remain committed to working with USAB’s leadership to address our concerns but have so far not found a willing partner.”

The next step is for Hirshland to appoint an independent panel to hear the complaint. There is no specific timeline for a resolution, though Hirshland said it will take a minimum of several weeks.

If USA Badminton’s status is revoked, the USOPC would assume control on an interim basis.

Last November, the USOPC filed the same complaint against USA Gymnastics, seeking to revoke its status after the Larry Nassar sexual-abuse crimes came to light followed by several leadership changes.

USA Gymnastics since filed for bankruptcy and named former college gymnast and NBA executive Li Li Leung its new CEO in February. It remains the sport’s NGB with eight months until the Tokyo Olympics.

OlympicTalk is on Apple News. Favorite us!

MORE: Why a 62-year-old played at the world badminton championships

Sun Yang should get lengthy ban if he loses doping hearing, WADA says

Leave a comment

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The World Anti-Doping Agency wants China’s star swimmer Sun Yang banned for up to eight years for alleged doping rules violations.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport said Tuesday ahead of a rare appeal hearing in open court on Friday that WADA requests a ban of two to eight years. Sun served a three-month ban in 2014 for a positive test.

If WADA wins, the three-time Olympic freestyle champion will miss the Tokyo Games.

WADA has challenged world swimming body FINA’s ruling to merely warn Sun after a disputed attempt by sample collectors to take blood and urine from him at his home in China in September 2018. The late-night confrontation lasted from 11 p.m. to beyond 3:30 a.m.

The day-long hearing will examine why a secure box storing a glass vial of blood came to be destroyed by Sun’s entourage, who questioned the sample team’s authority. A FINA tribunal panel agreed the officials lacked proper credentials to make the sample collection valid.

WADA believes Sun broke anti-doping rules by refusing to submit to a sample collection.

All sides agreed to Sun’s request to hold a first CAS appeal in public for 20 years.

A verdict is unlikely until early next year.

OlympicTalk is on Apple News. Favorite us!

MORE: Ryan Lochte, with Michael Phelps’ help, says he is back at his peak