Mikey Musumeci has unfortunately been forced to withdraw from the upcoming 2022 ADCC World Championships due to an undisclosed injury that he has suffered in training. While the news will no doubt be devastating to fans around the world, it’s not entirely unusual during the lead-up to a major tournament either. With almost a hundred athletes competing at ADCC 2022, it’s a virtual certainty that some of them will suffer injuries in training and have to pull out of the event.
It seems as though this year, the 66kg division is going to suffer a number of changes before the athletes finally step onto the mat. Ryan Hall was the first competitor in the division who had to withdraw from the event, on account of a complete tear that he suffered to his ACL that required surgical intervention. As a result, Hall will not be able to compete at all in 2022 and his replacement for the ADCC World Championships has yet to be revealed. Musumeci is now the second athlete to have to withdraw from the 66kg division and his replacement is also yet to be announced.
ADCC head organizer Mo Jassim actually confirmed in a comment on Instagram that both of the replacement invites for the 66kg division will be given out at some point this week, ahead of the final trials event that is set to take place in under two week’s time; on the 19th of June. Once the Asia and Oceania trial has been completed, the last remaining batch of invites will be given out and the final competitor for the 66kg division will be announced.
The news of Mikey Musumeci being forced to withdraw from the 2022 ADCC World Championships due to injury was announced in a post to the promotion’s official Instagram account: