Wayde Comeback Put On Ice Once Again

SA’s world champion sprinter Wayde van Niekerk’s ill-judged celebrity touch rugby game in 2017 continues to haunt him.

South Africa’s 400m world record holder’s return is again on hold following a “minor setback” in his recovery from a knee injury.

Sad about the setback, Van Niekerk took to Twitter on Monday, stating that he has a bruised bone, which sidelines him for up to six weeks.

“I have been pushing hard in training to test myself before upcoming races, as I wants to show I can be competitive when I make my comeback,” Van Niekerk wrote.

“I had MRI scans which showed the ligaments and meniscus in my knee were fine, but unfortunately I picked up a bruise,” he noted.

Van Niekerk had been included in Athletics SA’s preliminary squad for this year’s World Championships in Doha and targeted London’s Anniversary Games later this month for his comeback.

That won’t happen now.

Van Niekerk, however, insists he still wants to defend his one-lap crown in Qatar at the end of September.

“It’s very disappointing as I probably pushed myself too hard but I’m now working towards the goal patiently and I will review my competition schedule with my team, and together with my coach (Ans Botha) we will decide where and when to race,” he said.

By: Thapelo Molebatsi