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Injured judo star Stephanie Inglis eyes return to competition

Published 17/08/2016

Stephanie Inglis was given a 1% chance of survival from head injuries sustained in a road crash in Vietnam in May
Stephanie Inglis was given a 1% chance of survival from head injuries sustained in a road crash in Vietnam in May

The British judo star critically injured in a motorbike accident in Vietnam has spoken of her desire to compete in future Commonwealth and Olympic Games.

Stephanie Inglis, from Inverness, was given a 1% chance of survival after the crash in May.

The 27-year-old was flown home to Scotland in June, where she is continuing her recovery from the serious head injuries she sustained.

Inglis - a silver medallist at Glasgow 2014 - said she would "definitely" love to compete at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Durban, and also did not rule out taking part in the Olympics in Japan in four years' time.

Speaking as the 2016 Olympic Games continue in Brazil, Inglis told BBC Radio Scotland: "I had tried to qualify for Rio but then I decided at the back end of last year not to after I had a knee operation.

"If we get back into training and then just see where it goes and see how I do, I would like to get into my competitive career.

"Judo is not in the next Commonwealth Games but it is in the 2022 (Games), so I'd definitely love to be back in time to compete in that. I think that would be excellent.

"And then who knows for Tokyo in 2020? It all just depends on how I do and where I end up, really."

Her father Robert told the Call Kaye programme such a return to competitive action for his daughter would be a "massive twist" in her story.

He added that she is "working hard" at her recovery, with doctors amazed by her determination to get better.

The judo star was travelling to work teaching English in Ha Long when the accident happened on May 12.

She suffered the head injuries when her skirt caught in the wheel of a motorcycle taxi and pulled her off the bike.

More than 7,500 people had donated more than £300,000 to a fundraising campaign set up by friends to help pay for her medical bills.

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