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Sadly, Russia's Viktoria Komova won't take part at the upcoming World championships which will be held between October 2–October 8, 2017 in Montreal, Canada, despite claims made head coach Valentina Rodionenko who told the media that the Russian athlete will debut her comeback at the upcoming Russian cup which serves as a qualifier for the competition.

Komova said during a Radio interview, which was translated by eng.gymnovosti, that she and her coach agreed on making her comeback debut at Vornin cup which will be held in December. 

Komova expressed her desire to return to competition as soon as possible but she does not want to rush her recovery and risk another injury.

While preparing for the Rio Olympics, the veteran gymnast experienced immense back pain which the strongest pain killers could not ease. For a while, doctors could not be able to identify the cause of pain. For six months, she thought her career has come to an end.

But now, her back is no longer causing her pain. She has been cleared by doctors to return to training.

She believes that she has the mental and physical capability of continuing in the sport. 

The two time World champion revealed that this was the most serious injuries she has ever had in her entire career as it prevented her from setting foot in the gym for eight months.

She had to start training from scratch. Her coach told her that she has to imagine herself as if she is starting gymnastics for the first time.

Previously, when she had injuries that required surgery, she would still go to the gym regularly in order to do conditioning and to stay in shape.

During the 8 months break, Komova enjoyed living like a normal girl for the first time in her life. She would hang out with her friends, sleep without setting the alarm  and go to the movies. 

She also got to work as a coach for young kids, the experience which she has greatly enjoyed and led her to consider a coaching career when she retires.

Komova's last competition was the 2015 World championships where she won a gold medal on uneven bars.

Written by Gigi Farid



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