Wayde van Niekerk will make his long-awaited worldwide comeback in Switzerland on Tuesday — greater than a month after his deliberate return was derailed by a optimistic check for Covid-19.
The Olympic 400m champion hasn’t raced overseas since 2017‚ simply earlier than he injured his proper knee whereas taking part in a celeb sport of tag rugby at Newlands in Cape City.
Van Niekerk‚ who had a few low-key races in Bloemfontein final 12 months and this 12 months‚ takes half within the 400m at Gala dei Castelli meet in Bellinzona‚ his administration staff stated in a press release on Monday.
“My physique is in good well being‚ which I’m grateful for‚ and I’m trying ahead to racing once more‚” stated Van Niekerk. “We don’t have any targets for the assembly. I’m simply excited to see how my physique feels once more in a race state of affairs‚ and it is going to be good to loosen up the legs.
“It can give us indication of the place I’m in my coaching‚ after having to spend 25 days in isolation‚ and we are able to then concentrate on what must be completed to achieve some momentum in the direction of the 2021 season.”
Van Niekerk needed to isolate for greater than three weeks at his coaching base in Gemona‚ Italy‚ after what his administration stated had been just a few optimistic assessments for coronavirus‚ though he remained asymptomatic all through.
He was unable to coach throughout that interval.
His teammates‚ coach Tannie Ans Botha and others in his entourage didn’t check optimistic.
Van Niekerk‚ who is anticipated to return house after the assembly to proceed his coaching there‚ will compete alongside on Tuesday sprinter Akani Simbine‚ long-jumper Ruswahl Samaai and hurdler Antonio Alkana.
Simbine and Alkana can even compete within the Rome Diamond League meet on Thursday.