DSP Alice won’t be going to the Tokyo Games

20 April 2021

The reigning world champion DSP Alice (Askari) won’t be making the trip to the Olympic Games in Tokyo this summer. Simone Blum announced that her 14-year-old mare had to undergo surgery yesterday due to a persistent leg bruise. It "wouldn’t go away by itself and was causing pressure, it had to be removed surgically", the German rider explained.

Already suffering from lumbago last September, everything had been planned for DSP Alice to return to the competition grounds in top shape. Fate has been unremitting and the ultimate dream of all the riders "at the Olympic Games has been spoiled for us", says the rider. Simone Blum and her team are nevertheless pleased that "Alice survived the surgery and the anesthesia well and relieved to see her standing on four legs again". The chestnut will enjoy three to four weeks of rest before "beginning the recovery process. Alice's welfare is the top priority, so we want her to take it easy. We’ll give Alice all the time she needs, so that the hearts of all fans of riding will beat again for her in the future," emphasizes Simone Blum.

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