Update: Akkaev commented on his situation.
Update: Dmitry Klokov is out too.
Updates on the Akkaev rumors:
So apparently Khadzhimurat Akkaev underwent a spinal surgery on Thursday, 2. August and is at risk of missing the Olympics.
The report I found says something about cutting out a hernia. Any doctors here that can comment on the seriousness of such a surgery?
The Google translation is spotty, so if someone of you can look over it, that would be great.
Back problems plagued the athlete all the last few months of training, but he continued to prepare for using a “blockade.” [Blockade is when you inject a local anasthetic to numb a nerve. Thanks Dadlift!]
However, after arriving in London on the spine hernia given complication – were denied their feet [this may mean that he felt radiation (nomeness) in his feet, what would mean the hernia was between L3 and S2. Thanks Vincent].
This required urgent surgical intervention. The operation of a laser, for some reason did not work, and I had to have surgery lane, which was done on August 2, cut out a hernia.
Competition in the weight category up to 105 kg at the Olympic weightlifting tournament scheduled for August 6. Akkaev itself torn on the platform, but the Russian delegation, doctors are not prepared to take responsibility for the consequences – and do not give admission to competitive activity four days after spinal surgery.
In this case, replace Akkaeva to another athlete is no longer possible. Note that the sports officials responsible for Akkaev’s situation for some reason do not comment.
Update: Sergey Sytsov commented on the situation:
“We had hoped until the end that there was still a chance and that he could perform at the Olympics,” said Russian weighting federation head Sergei Syrtsov.
“But now we can say that unfortunately, and there’s no way back, he will take no part at the Olympics,” he added. “For us this is a huge blow, yet another gold medal has escaped us.”
Update: For all the surgery doubters:
Akkaev stood, baring his back to reporters and displaying a bandaged surgery wound.
oh my god, this is absolutely the worst news possible… was so looking forward to epic battle of the titans in -105
I know I know…. sorry for delivering the bad news today…
Roy Logan says
i don’t want to lift on this planet anymore, brah.
At the end of the day the guy needs to protect his spine. Real downer if he doesn’t lift.
gal gardner says
Here’s another article I found.
No not like :/
Blockade is when you inject a local anasthetic to numb a nerve.
Thanks for clarifying that.
Tragic, but I’d rather he be able to walk into his old age than perform like some monkey against Klokov for us. All the best to him and I hope Klokov uses this to fuel a truly inspired performance.
See the latest post… Klokov out too
Too bad, as I wanted to see the best performers go at it. Klokov still has the motivation to go after the WR total though.
Chad, read the latest news… and have a handkerchief to hand
Struan Potter says
At least Dolega is still there, big Machavarianni fan with the hairy delts, Torokhty has a good C&J too
They better put up a show…still looking forward to it
“were denied their feet.”
I think this means that he felt radiation (nomeness) in his feet, what would mean the hernia was between L3 and S2.
every lifter has a level of herniated disc, but when the pain irradiate for legs and feet it is because the nerves are damage. sometimes the disc must be removed, sometimes not. I am not a doctor but I had this problem 7 years ago. Akkaev will be fine, and I hope that his gold medal can be here in my country (Rio 2016). Akkaev will be with 32 years old, please do not stop dreaming.
Let’s hope he stays hungry!
Wald Stone says
Love to watch him lift, his intensity is awesome, but it hurts me to watch his lower back round when he lifts a heavy clean.
There’s a photo of him on the “hookgrip” facebook page just kinda chillin and walkin around at the 94kgA session. There might be foul play with doping going on here or mindgames : (
Lkhamsuren Amarjargal says
Oh noooooo, I’ll miss Akkaev’s scream under the clean & jerk.