Pembrokeshire’s Matt Bush became Britain’s first male taekwondo champion in February 2019
|Venue: Tokyo, Japan Events: August 24-September 5 Time in Tokyo: BST +8|
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The reigning para-taekwondo world champion Matt Bush had to withdraw the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo due to an anterior cruciate ligament injury.
The 32-year-old Welsh heavyweight was scheduled to fly to Japan this weekend to be ready for the Para-Taekwondo Games debut in September.
Bush sustained the injury in training and is replaced by Joe Lane from London.
“I’m really disappointed that I was banned from the competition in Tokyo for medical reasons,” said Bush.
“I know a lot of people were behind me in my quest for gold and I’m sorry I couldn’t get it this time.
“But I ask you to continue your support and to direct it to the rest of the team that is going for gold in the Paralympics, and especially to encourage Joe Lane, who has taken my place to go for gold.
“Along with the GB Taekwondo medical staff, I had found an incredible amount of exercise given the severity of the injury.
“But it was seen as a 100 percent risk of more, more serious injuries if I had been able to compete.
“I am incredibly grateful to the UK staff and coaches who have helped me the best they can and will help me rebuild for Paris 2024.”
Bush, a former international javelin thrower, became Britain’s first para-taekwondo world champion in 2019 and is now set to defend his title later in the year.