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Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Takahashi to have season-ending knee surgery

Associated Press

TOKYO -- Japanese figure skater Daisuke Takahashi will have season-ending knee surgery, potentially ruling out the 2007 world championships silver medalist from the worlds next March.

Daisuke Takahashi
Knee surgery could force Daisuke Takahashi to miss the world championships in March.

"I've decided to have surgery," Takahashi wrote Tuesday on the Web site of the Kansai University Ice Skating Club. "I will sit out this season and it will take time to return to my best condition. It's very disappointing but just as an athlete needs courage to make progress, he also needs courage to know when to take time off."

Takahashi, Japan's top hope for a medal in men's figure skating at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, will have an operation to repair ligament damage as well as his right meniscus.

Takahashi injured his right knee in practice last month and sat out the Cup of China.

The 22-year-old finished eighth at the 2006 Torino Olympics. He became the first Japanese man to win a silver medal at the world championships when Tokyo hosted the event in 2007.

The injury also means Japan could be without its top men's figure skater at the world championships next March in Los Angeles, where it will be competing for Olympic berths.