Algeria’s hopes of winning a medal in the Tokyo Olympics suffered a major setback, after the Olympic champion in the 1500m race, sprinter Taoufik Makhloufi, announced his absence from the current games because he was not physically ready.
Makhloufi, through his account on Facebook, sent a message in which he confirmed his official absence from the Tokyo Olympics, and explained all the reasons that prompted him to make this decision, which is an unpleasant surprise to the Algerian public.
Makhloufi said in his message that he hoped to participate and bring joy to the hearts of Algerians, as usual, before adding: “I waited until the last moment to make the decision because it is difficult and important to me, because I thought about the people who were waiting for me to participate in the Olympics. It saddens me to inform you that I “I will not be on the plane that will carry the third batch of our mission to Tokyo. I had to listen to my body, the knee injury I suffered and my suffering with the Corona epidemic that struck me last year, affected my preparations (for the Tokyo Olympics).”
And the Algerian hero continued with great sorrow: “If I had listened to my heart, I would have participated while carrying the Algerian flag, and ran for you to try to get another medal. But I preferred not to give you false hopes, because my love for you and for Algeria is pure and sincere. It is not easy to be at the highest level when you betray us.” Our fitness.
Makhloufi touched on the real reason why he decided not to participate in the Tokyo Olympics, and said: “I did several physical tests and they were not positive, for not achieving the times I used to in training, it was frustrating, but returning from Japan empty-handed would have been more frustrating. Despite all this, I promise you that I will try to come back stronger and more determined for the upcoming dates. There are the 2022 Mediterranean Games in Oran (Algeria), and the 2022 World Championships in the USA.”
Makhloufi, 33, won the 1500 meters gold at the 2012 London Olympics, before winning the 800 and 1500 meters races in Rio de Janeiro 2016.
It is noteworthy that Algeria has not won any medals so far in the current Tokyo Olympics.