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17 Sep, 2020
These have been difficult few months for Carolina Marin, and its not just because of the global lockdown and pandemic, the pain has been a lot more personal, with the passing away of her dear father in July, after a brief period of illness.
"It was really, really tough, it was really hard, and right now it's still hard," Marín recently told an interview by the BWF.
Still recuperating from the deep personal loss, the Olympic Gold
Medallist expressed her gratitude to her worldwide legion of fans that has helped her cope with these challenges.
"Thank you very much for all the love that you are giving," Marin said.
It is almost six months since the time, she hit a shuttle in competitive badminton and with the postponement of the Thomas & Uber Cup, the wait is only going to get longer – both for her and her fans who wish to see her back in action.
Marin lost in the semi-finals of the All England Championships, and returned home to eerie scenes of the lockdown as well as a personal tragedy – her father suffering a fall at work and having to undergo an emergency surgery, an incident that he eventually succumbed to in July.
"I couldn't think so much about badminton [at that time] because I had the personal situation, so my focus was on that," she said.
Having overcome the personal loss and the time away from the sport due to the lockdown, Carolina Marin is now fully focussed on the return to competitive sport. As a competitive spirit, she cannot wait to get back onto the court and win some titles again.
"I am a very competitive person, and this is what I really miss," she said. "And of course, to see all the players, I really miss (them) a lot," Marin said.
But then, every situation in life has a silver lining and Marin believes with the Olympics now postponed by a year, she has a better chance of retaining her gold, something that would have been a lot harder with all the personal challenges she’s had to handle.
"I will be so ready for that because I really want to win one more gold medal at the Olympics," informs Carolina so emphatically.
Marin is currently playing in the Spanish League for the Ibiza-based Pitiús club, eagerly awaiting the restart of topflight International badminton following the corona virus pandemic.