MELBOURNE, Could 28 (Reuters) – Olympic rugby sevens gold medallist Emilee Cherry has made the shock determination to retire two months out from Australia’s defence of its ladies’s title on the Tokyo Video games.
The 28-year-old mum had hoped to bow out after the Olympics however stated her physique was not up for it and the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic had added to the pressures whereas making an attempt to juggle look after her one-year-old daughter Alice.
“My physique has informed me it’s had sufficient, and the COVID scenario with schedules altering a lot, and juggling Alice and childcare and (associate) Dan’s schedule … we made the choice to step again and play a help position going into Tokyo,” she stated in a Rugby Australia assertion on Friday.
One of many linchpins in Australia’s 2016 championship at Rio, Cherry scored 131 tries in her profession and retires because the seventh-highest level scorer within the sport’s historical past.
The 2014 World Sevens Participant of the 12 months backed Australia’s ladies to succeed at Tokyo in her absence.
“The women are greater, quicker and stronger than a 12 months in the past,” she stated.
Australian ladies’s coach John Manenti stated it was unhappy to see Cherry depart.
“Emilee has given a lot to the workforce, programme and jersey … The timing of her departure is unlucky as I do know the entire workforce was excited to provide her the send-off which she deserves.” (Reporting by Ian Ransom; Modifying by Stephen Coates)