One of Australia’s biggest basketball stars - Aron Baynes - is out of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics after a freak incident made a neck injury even worse.
The Toronto Raptors player picked up the initial problem in Wednesday’s 86-83 group stage win over Italy, and he then slipped in the bathroom to compound the issue further.
“It was a complicated series of events,” said team doctor David Hughes.
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“He did suffer an injury during the match on the court, and then he had a slip in the bathroom and suffered further injury.
“It became apparent to the medical staff that this was a bit more serious than just an average injury.”
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Baynes has had further tests in hospital and says he is “really disappointed” that he cannot continue at the Games: “I along with the rest of the team have been working so hard in our quest for an historic Olympic medal and I am gutted that I can’t complete the journey with the boys, but I have every confidence that they will get the job done”.
Australia are top of Group B after two wins from two.
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