KwaZulu-Natal surfer Jordy Smith has withdrawn from the Tokyo Olympics due to injury.

In a crushing turn of events, professional surfer and Red Bull athlete Jordy Smith has made the difficult decision to pull out the upcoming Tokyo Olympic Games at the last minute.

The news comes in the wake of a nagging knee injury the Durban-born surfer has been dealing with since the Australian leg of the World Surf League.

In recent competitions, Smith has kept up world-class performances despite flare ups, but ultimately opted to undergo surgery on his left knee in an attempt to fix the issue a mere six weeks before the Tokyo Games were set to begin.

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