Sad news at the weekend, confirmed by the Judoka herself, Irish Olympian Lisa Kearney has been forced out of the Baku European Games through injury.
Kearney has also revealed that a knee injury will prevent her from qualifying for the Rio Games.
Qualification for Judo at the Olympics is based on the IJF’s world ranking, where Kearney would have to earn a place in the top 14 of her weight category by May next year to make it to Rio.
The 25-year-old Belfast woman fought in the 48kg division for Ireland at London 2012, losing out in the round of 32 and claimed bronze in the -52kg category at last year’s Commenwealth Games.
Kearney, coached by Ciaran Ward, recently won Bronze at the IJF Grand Prix in Samsun Turkey, an Olympic qualification event and had been producing the best performances of her career to date.
Her rehabilitation is being directed by the Sports Institute NI and wish her well in her road back to recovery.