World record holder Wayde van Niekerk has shown that since he’s yet to recover from a knee injury he won’t defend his 400m title at this month’s World Championships in Doha.
The winner has not raced since and suffered the injury while playing with a charity touch match in October 2017.
Even the 27-year-old South African recently returned to coaching after enduring numerous drawbacks, but says he is in no hurry.
“I am still positive and I’m just taking things day by day, respecting all the calls made by the doctors and respecting my entire body,” Van Niekerk said in a statement.
“For me personally it is just about listening to my own body and taking it from there. My principal purpose is to care for my body and I will take it, when the chance comes.
“For today I am not hurrying myself or placing pressure on myself. I am really happy and at peace with where I’m.”
His doctor Louis Holtzhausen, who has been top the recovery during the last two years of Van Niekerk, believes it will proceed rapidly in the coming months.
“The health care teams, both in Bloemfontein and Aspetar (Qatar), did all we could have him prepared for the World Championships, but it was just not possible,” Holtzhausen said.
“But he has returned to track all signs are that he will recover more rapidly from now on.”
Van Niekerk had expected to run in the African championships in April but pulled out and also skipped a proposed reunite in the London Diamond League at July after suffering a bruise to the bone into his knee.
Van Niekerk defeat on Michael Johnson world record in the 2016 Olympics in the 400m and was set to have the 200m as well prior to his injury.
He won gold at the World Championships.