Sprinter Sada Williams has been forced to immediately withdraw from the Barbados delegation to the Olympics in Rio, Brazil.
The announcement came in a release this afternoon from the Barbados Olympics Association and signed Chef de Mission, Dr Adrian Lorde.
Following is the full text of the statement:
“Team Barbados wishes to officially inform you of the immediate withdrawal of athlete Sada Williams from the Barbados delegation to Rio 2016.
As you may be aware, Ms. Sada Williams sustained an injury on Saturday, 23rd July 2016 while competing in the women’s 200m final at the World Under 20 Athletics Championships in Poland. On her return to Barbados on Tuesday, July 26th, the Athletics Association of Barbados (AAB) scheduled an appointment with Dr. Llewellyn Harper who diagnosed her with a “Grade 1 right mid-substance strain of the right hamstring” and recommended that she does not travel with the team as she is unlikely to recover in time to compete in the Rio Olympic Games. Immediately following this diagnosis, the BOA scheduled an appointment for Sada with Dr. Rene Best, the Chief Medical Officer of the Barbados delegation to Rio who performed a scan of the injury and supported Dr. Harper’s recommendation.
The BOA in consultation with the AAB, Drs. Harper and Best, Sada Williams and her coach decided that it was in the best interest of Sada, that she be withdrawn from the Rio 2016 Games. Like the AAB, the BOA is aware of Sada’s tremendous athletic talent and will ensure that Sada receives the best in rehabilitative care in the coming weeks. Obviously this is a tremendous disappointment to Sada and to Barbados who was looking forward to her Olympic debut but we believe this decision is her best interest.”
(End of statement)