23 May, 2024

Oksana Chusovitina’s Injury Ends Bid for Ninth Olympic Appearance

Tashkent, Uzbekistan – May 23, 2024- It is with deep regret that the Asian Gymnastics Union announces the unfortunate injury sustained by legendary gymnast Oksana Chusovitina during podium training for the Asian Gymnastics Championships in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

The 48-year-old athlete, a symbol of resilience and excellence in the gymnastics community, incurred an injury during floor exercise practice, resulting in her withdrawal from the competition. This injury, renders her unable to participate in the championships and pursue her quest for Olympic qualification.

In a heartfelt message, Chusovitina expressed her disappointment at being unable to compete in front of her home crowd and fulfill her aspiration of securing a quota for what would have been her remarkable ninth Olympic appearance.

In a statement following the announcement, Rima Kizilgun, President of Women’s Artistic Gymnastics Technical Committee at the Asian Gymnastics Union, remarked, “Oksana Chusovitina’s impact on the gymnastics world is immeasurable. Her tenacity and passion have inspired generations of athletes. While we are saddened by her withdrawal, we commend her for her remarkable contributions to the sport.”

Throughout her illustrious career, Chusovitina has etched her name in the annals of gymnastics history, boasting an impressive array of accomplishments, including two Olympic medals. From her debut in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics to her silver medal triumph at the 2008 Beijing Games, she has captivated audiences with her unparalleled skill and tenacity.

As the Asian Gymnastics Union, we extend our heartfelt wishes for Oksana Chusovitina’s swift recovery. Her indomitable spirit and contributions to the sport will forever be cherished, serving as a beacon of inspiration for generations of gymnasts to come.