Asia Bailey, the outstanding British teenage prospect from Larbert, has suffered an anterior ligament tear at the Belgian Open in Ghent which will rule her out of action until early next year.
The 15-year-old world junior championship bronze medallist had been scheduled to contest this week’s European Under-21 Championships in Moldova and the World Championships in Mexico this summer, the first major senior championship for which she had been selected.
One of Britain‘s outstanding prospects for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, she was among the favourites for the European Under-21 title at under-46kg.
She has enjoyed success already this year with victories in A Class events in the youth category of the German Open in Hamburg at under-44kg and the senior category of the Trelleborg Open in Norway and the Dutch Open at under-46kg.
Gary Hall, the Great Britain performance director, confirmed that she is expected to be out of action until 2014. “It’s a sad day because Asia is certainly one to watch,” he said. “She is performing way above her age bracket. It is a setback but she will be back. Despite what has happened she has had a phenomenal year. Asia has made a massive impact in the past three or four months.”
Bailey, who had been scheduled to compete on the final day of action on Sunday, has not been replaced in the GB squad for Moldova.