Klokov had failed to recover from a knee injury that also required surgery and had not flown to London, said David Rigert, head coach of the Russian weightlifting team.
And for all you Akkaev surgery doubters:
“(The decision) was taken after the surgery, and the surgery was a very difficult and complicated surgery. More than three hours,” Akkaev said.
Akkaev stood, baring his back to reporters and displaying a bandaged surgery wound.
Update: Asked about why the injury wasn’t detected earlier Rigert says that the new doc didn’t know all the nuances.
But I will say that this is not only his fault. We simply do not train medical staff. Even the most skilled doctors take two years to understand the specificity of sports medicine.
Thanks to oLiftFan for the info.