Credit: FIBA
Credit FIBA

Australia's Aron Baynes has been ruled out of the Olympics after initially suffering a neck injury in a game against Japan and later aggravating it in a bathroom accident.

The triple Olympian failed to finish Australia's recent game against Italy, which the Boomers won to improve their Tokyo record to 2-0. Baynes was averaging 9 points and 6 rebounds in 15 minutes of playing time.

Team doctor David Hughes explained that Baynes had been hurt on the court and later "slipped in the bathroom and suffered further injury".

"I am really disappointed that I can't continue in the Olympics," Baynes said. "I along with the rest of the team have been working so hard in our quest for a historic Olympic medal and I am gutted that I can't complete the journey with the boys, but I have every confidence that they will get the job done."

Currently, on the Toronto Raptors roster, Baynes has won an NBA title with the San Antonio Spurs.

Australia play a final group game against Germany on Saturday.

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Aron Baynes

Aron  Baynes
Position: C
Age: 34
Height: 208 cm
Weight: 123 kg
Birth place: Australia