Australia’s hopes are shattered as one of their key players, Chloe Dalton has been officially ruled out of the Tokyo Olympic games.
The Aussies goal to defend their Olympic gold medal will be even tougher with the news of Dalton’s injury. The Sevens speedster is said to have broken her cheekbone in “multiple places”, she now joins the list of stars that will have to sit out the Olympic Games due to an injury.
Dalton took on to social media to share her situation with fans on Thursday, she showed us photos of the horrific injury as she announced the grim news.
The 27 year old had just recovered from a spine surgery and has now suffered another blow, she broke her cheekbone during the Oceania Championship in Townsville last weekend.
“Sitting here writing this with tears rolling down my cheeks wishing I was writing a completely different message,” Dalton wrote.
“During our tournament last weekend in Townsville, I fractured my cheek bone in multiple places. After spending the week isolated in a hospital room in Townsville, I’ll head into surgery this afternoon to have plates put in my face. Unfortunately, there won’t be enough time to recover safely in time for Tokyo.
“Writing these words down is absolutely devastating and makes it all feel so much more real. This past 18 months have been some of the most challenging in my life, and I’ve overcome so many mental and physical battles to get to this point. Sport can be so beautiful and so cruel at the same time.
“Come the end of the month, I’ll be cheering my lungs out for my incredible teammates going over to Tokyo to represent our beautiful country. I couldn’t be more proud of the work that this group has put in every single day throughout some incredibly uncertain times. These girls are the elite of the elite, and it has been such a huge honor to be back playing alongside them.”
The young star has been playing for the Australian sevens team since 2014 and has been a key player for the squad throughout the years. Dalton was also a key player in the inaugural Rio Olympic Games in 2016 where they won the historic gold medal.