In what is sure to come as a blow to South African athletics, Wayde van Niekerk’s manager has confirmed that he won’t return to the track until next year. It was previously reported that he might be back later in the year, but these reports seemed to have been premature.
Wayde tore his ligament in October of last year when he slipped and fell in a celebrity touch rugby game at Cape Town Stadium. The game was for charity and featured South African celebrities
He was flown to the US where he underwent an operation at a specialist facility. At the time, he had to put his honeymoon on hold for the surgery.
Wayde’s coach had previously suggested that he might return in by July for the latest, but she added that it was difficult to say when he would be ready. Wayde has also indicated that he wants to make sure that everything is fine before he competes.
At present, Wayde is promoting the documentary, ‘43.03 – The Wayde Van Niekerk Story’. The documentary tells the story of how Wayde went from being a premature baby to one of the fastest men the world had ever seen. It premieres at the end of this month.