- Wayde van Niekerk's dreams of restarting his season last Saturday were dashed when he tested positive for Covid-19
- However, the test resulted turned out to be a false positive as he took another test which came back as negative
- A blood test was carried out and he withdrew from the competition as a precaution
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Wayde van Niekerk's 2020 season was almost derailed as he had to miss the restart on Saturday due to a positive Covid-19 test.
It turned out that it was a rare false positive but despite this, he was not able to take part in the event in Trieste which featured the 100m and 400m races.
Wayde had arrived in Italy with the rest of the SA contingent and all of them had tested negative for the first three tests.
Briefly.co.za learned that the fourth test came back positive, the only one of the team. He took another test which came back negative.
He thought he was clear to run but he had to have a blood test and as a precautionary measure withdrew from the race, according to IOL.
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His manager, Peet van Zyl, told Independent Media that all the athletes are isolating from each other and abiding by the regulations.
“We are all in isolation, not mixing with other people and staying on a separate floor. We even have our meals alone,” Van Zyl said. “We will follow the protocol here, and then decide when Wayde will next race.”
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that Wayde van Niekerk and Cheslin Kolbe both have champion parents.
It is not often that two young men, who are related, achieve such success at different sports disciplines as Cheslin Kolbe and Wayde van Niekerk.
They both grew up Kraaifontein and experienced apartheid as children and went to state primary schools and were both natural athletes.
Wayde succeeded in qualifying for the Olympics and become a world champion, while Cheslin won an Olympic bronze for 7s rugby before winning gold at the Rugby World cup.
In other news, Briefly.co.za reported that Akani Simbine, the fastest man in Africa, will be competing on 8 March at the second of three Athletix Grand Prix Meetings, which is held in Pretoria.
Simbine was dubbed the fastest man in Africa in 2016 after he ran the 100m in 9.89 seconds at an athletic event in Hungary.
However, Simbine is not only interested in his times, but he aims to obtain some global titles this year.
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