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Olympic medallist Van Snick to return to aggressive judo at Kazan Grand Slam

Charline Van Snick is set to return to action at the Kazan Grand Slam ©Getty Images

Belgium’s Charline Van Snick is to return to competitors on the upcoming Worldwide Judo Federation Kazan Grand Slam, having averted present process surgical procedure on a torn ankle ligament.

The London 2012 bronze medallist within the ladies’s under-48-kilogram class took to Twitter to substantiate her participation on the final Grand Slam occasion earlier than the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Following a “check match” on the Boulogne-Billancourt membership in Paris, Van Snick will journey to Russia for the competitors which is ready to happen from Wednesday (Could 5) to Friday (Could 7).

In February, Van Snick injured her ankle on the Tel Aviv Grand Slam throughout a win over France’s Priscilla Gneto and was compelled to withdraw from her bronze-medal match towards Kosovo’s Majlinda Kelmendi.

“The thought of this ‘check match’ was to breed the situations of an official competitors with a referee, a stopwatch, and so on. and to see the place I used to be bodily, but additionally how my injured ankle reacted – and every part went properly,” Van Snick wrote on social media.

“I didn’t really feel any ache in my ankle and I can now think about my sporting targets.”

It had been feared that the harm might forestall Van Snick from competing at Tokyo 2020. 

Van Snick has to journey from Paris with a stopover in Zurich, earlier than flying to Moscow after which Kazan.

On the Kazan Grand Slam, Van Snick would be the second seed within the ladies’s under-52kg behind Japan’s world quantity two, Uta Abe.

The world quantity six is not going to be the one Belgian on the competitors, with eight others registered to compete in Kazan.

They’re Jorre Verstraeten within the males’s under-60kg, Kenneth Van Gansbeke within the under-66kg, Jeroen Casse within the under-73kg, Sami Chouchi within the under-81kg, Anne-Sophie Jura within the ladies’s under-48kg, Amber Ryheul within the under-52kg, Mina Libeer within the under-57kg and Sophie Berger within the under-78kg.

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