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Sport Athletics: South Africa's Van Niekerk tests positive for COVID-19 in Italy - report

16:05  02 august  2020
16:05  02 august  2020 Source:   reuters.com

Wayde van Niekerk misses comeback meet after coronavirus concerns

  Wayde van Niekerk misses comeback meet after coronavirus concerns Wayde van Niekerk did not race in his scheduled international comeback meet in Italy on Saturday after coronavirus concerns. © Getty Images Van Niekerk, the Olympic 400m champion and world-record holder returning from leg injuries, reportedly tested positive for the virus on Thursday, then had a negative test on Friday but was still held out of the meet. He was on the start list but was a DNS (did not start) on the results page.

400m world record holder Wayde van Niekerk from South Africa has tested positive for Reigning 400m Olympic champion Wayde van Niekerk tested positive for coronavirus in Italy Italy ' s Gazzetta dello Sport newspaper reported that van Niekerk has been in quarantine since July 19 , the

Olympic champion Wayde van Niekerk ’ s latest comeback was halted on Saturday after health and safety officials blocked his entry to a track and field meeting in Italy due to a The 28-year-old sprinter had tested positive for Covid - 19 earlier in the week, though he had shown no symptoms, and tests

(Reuters) - South Africa's Olympic 400 metres champion Wayde van Niekerk tested positive for COVID-19 in Italy last week, according to the Gazzetta dello Sport newspaper.

Wayde van Niekerk standing in front of a crowd: World Athletics Championships © Reuters/TOBY MELVILLE World Athletics Championships

Van Niekerk, who romped to Olympic gold four years ago in a world record time of 43.03 seconds, was set to participate in a meet in Trieste - his first competition outside of South Africa since 2017 following a serious knee injury.

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a close up of Wayde van Niekerk smiling for the camera: FILE PHOTO: South Africa's 400m Olympic gold medallist and world record holder Wayde van Niekerk looks on as he attends South African Championships in Germiston © Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko FILE PHOTO: South Africa's 400m Olympic gold medallist and world record holder Wayde van Niekerk looks on as he attends South African Championships in Germiston

"I don't know how it's possible. Wayde has been training for the whole week and never had any symptom, not even after testing positive. He hasn't had a fever," the 28-year-old's manager Peet Van Zyl told the publication.

Van Niekerk, who tore his right anterior cruciate ligament while playing a charity touch rugby game in 2017 to leave his career in doubt, began his comeback in February this year.

(Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by Hugh Lawson)

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