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Wayde van Niekerk will not defend world 400m title in Doha

World record holder Wayde van Niekerk has verified that as he’s yet to recover from a knee injury, he won’t defend his name.
The Olympic winner suffered the injury while playing a charity touch game in October 2017 and has not raced since.
The South African recently returned to training however, says he’s in no hurry.
“I’m still convinced and I’m just taking things day by day, respecting all the calls produced by the doctors and respecting my body,” Van Niekerk said in a declaration.
“For me it is only about listening to my own entire body and taking it from there. My aim is to care for my body and I will take it, when the opportunity comes.
“For today I am not rushing myself or placing stress on myself. I am extremely happy and at peace with where I am.”
His doctor Louis Holtzhausen, who has been leading Van Niekerk’s comeback during the previous two years, believes it will move in the forthcoming months.
“The healthcare teams, equally at Bloemfontein and Aspetar (Qatar), did all we could to have him prepared for the World Championships, but it was simply impossible,” Holtzhausen stated.
“But he has successfully returned to track all signs are that he’ll recover more quickly from now on.”
Van Niekerk had hoped to operate in the championships in April but pulled out and also skipped a reunite in the London Diamond League in July after suffering a bruise on the bone in his knee.
Van Niekerk defeat Michael Johnson’s 17-year entire world record in the 400m and was set to undertake the 200m too prior to his injury.
He also won gold in the World Championships.

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