Olympics 2016: Saina Nehwal hospitalised for knee injury sustained during Rio games

Bengaluru: India ace Saina Nehwal was admitted to a hospital in Hyderabad to undergo treatment for her knee injury which affected her progress in the badminton event of the Rio Olympic 2016. The 26-year-old had lost her second group match against Ukraine's Maria Ulitina to crash out of the ongoing mega-event.

"Saina has been hospitalised for the last two days and is undergoing treatment for her injury, which got worse during her match against Maria at Rio Olympics," Saina's father Harvir Singh told PTI.

Saina Nehwal in action against Ukraine's Maria Ulitina. AP

Saina Nehwal in action against Ukraine's Maria Ulitina. AP

Saina had cited an inflammation in her right knee, which hampered her on-court movement, as the reason for her shocking group league exit.

Singh said Saina was back home on 16 August and got admitted to a hospital in Hyderabad on the following day and underwent treatment for her injury.

He, however, did not divulge the contents of the Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scan.

"The doctors have not revealed the contents of the MRI scan to me. I will be able to talk about it tomorrow, not today," Singh said.

Singh also said Saina will be flying to Mumbai for advanced checkup on Friday.

"The doctors here have referred her case to a hospital at Mumbai, and she will be flying from Hyderabad," he said.

The World No 5 lost her second group league encounter 18-21, 19-21 to World No 61 Ulitina to crash out of the competition. Saina had said the injury happened during training before the Olympics and it got worse during the match.


Updated Date: Aug 18, 2016 23:13 PM

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