JOHANNESBURG – South African athletics suffered another setback after 400m hurdles talent Sokwakhana Zazini withdrew from the team for the upcoming IAAF World Championships in Doha starting next week.
The TuksSport athlete and his management team decided to opt-out of the global championships as a precaution due to a bone bruise in his right foot.
The youth and junior world champion would have featured at his first senior championships but decided to rather recoup, recover and focus on next year’s Tokyo Olympic Games.
Zazini’s personal best of 48.73 seconds he clocked at the World Student Games in Napoli is the 15th fastest in the world this year and the best time by an African athlete in 2019 so far.
Zazini’s coach Lucinda Liebenberg said her charge had spent some time in a moon boot and it was decided to start with the rehabilitation process to get him 100 percent fit for the Olympics which is less than a year away.