Injured Lucas out Olympics
Injury has forced Josanne Lucas out of the 2012 Olympic Games, in London, England.
In a Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee (TTOC) press release, yesterday, Team T&T's chef de mission, Annette Knott said the injury has to be attended to urgently.
"Athletes all around the world dream all their lives of participating at the Olympic Games. They work very hard to prepare and qualify and to have that snatched away can be gut wrenching. It is a career threatening injury that required immediate surgery. The decision was taken following consultation with the head of our medical staff, Dr Terry Ali."
Lucas was scheduled to leave London yesterday, for Miami, USA, where she will have knee surgery.
At the 2008 Olympic Games, in Beijing, China, Lucas was eliminated in the opening round of the women's 400 metres hurdles. She bounced back the following year, bagging bronze in the same event at the World Championships, in Berlin, Germany.
Lucas was expected to compete in the 100m hurdles in London. Now, though, the 28-year-old athlete will have to watch the event on television. Knott said that in spite of the huge disappointment, Lucas has a positive outlook.
"Josanne told me a year after the disappointment of Beijing she won the bronze medal at the 2009 IAAF World Championships, so she is anticipating that 2013 will be her year."
Yesterday, Knott attended the Delegation Registration Meeting (DRM), in London. The DRM is the final stage of the process before members of the T&T team can enter the Olympic Village.