JOHANNESBURG – South Africa’s medal hopes at this month’s IAAF world championships in Doha suffered another blow with the news that Wayde van Niekerk will not be in action.
The two-time world champion and Olympic gold medallist announced yesterday that he would not be able to defend his 400m global title in Doha.
Van Niekerk, who injured his knee during a tag rugby game in 2017, suffered a setback earlier this year which meant he could not make his much-anticipated return to the track.
“I’m still positive, and I’m just taking things day by day, respecting all the calls made by the doctor and respecting my body,” Van Niekerk said in a statement.
“For me, it’s just about listening to my body and taking it from there. My main goal is to look after my body, and when the opportunity comes, I’ll take it.