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Injury woes for Sifiso

Our ace BMX racer Sifiso Nhlapo’s dreams of a 2012 Olympic Games medal are hanging on a thread after yet another injury setback.

The 2008 Beijing Olympics finalist suffered a knee injury while racing in Guthrie, United States at the weekend. While leading one of the heats he came into contact with Canadian rider Tory Nyhaug. The collision caused Nhlapo to unclip from the pedals and in doing this he hyper-extended his knee.

After being helped off the track he opted to have it checked out a local hospital. The news was not good though and he had to fly back to South Africa for surgery on his anterior cruciate ligament. Doctors estimate that he won’t be able to race for the next six months.

Nhlapo said before going into surgery this week: ÔÇ£I’m sad that my season ended before it barely started. Mostly for my sponsors, family, friends and fans. I had put in a lot of hard work for this season and was hoping for it to work out good. 2012 is the only goal now and I’m going to make sure come hell or high water come 2012 London Olympic Games Skizo105 will be on the gate. Thank you for all the positive vibes.ÔÇØ
Nhlapo is no stranger to injuries. In 2009 he suffered a catastrophic injury while training in Norway and broke his neck. This saw him sidelined for months on end before he managed to drag himself back up to finally achieve silver at the 2010 BMX World Championships in Pietermaritzburg.

Bottom line for the man they call Skizo is that it’s going to get even tougher to qualify for next year’s Olympics especially if none of the other South African Elite BMX riders are getting past quarter-finals at the SX Events and scoring points. That makes it so much harder for SA to qualify for the Olympics and it would seem that realistically he will have to rise to the occasion and podium at the 2012 World Championships.

Obviously this is a huge task as┬á he will only have one shot at it on the day but given his temperament and tenacity one wouldn’t bank on it.

Said Doug Ryder, MTN Qhubeka team owner: ÔÇ£BMX Racing is an extreme sport and we knew this when we got involved with Sifiso. He has had extreme highs and lows in the past few years as he chases his and Africa’s dream of an Olympic cycling champion. We hope he recovers physically and stays mentally strong to continue on his path. Nice people deserve to be successful and this is hopefully just a minor setback.ÔÇØ


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