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Jobodwana opts out of Games
- Updated: July 12, 2014
London Olympics finalist Anaso Jobodwana has pulled out of Team South Africa ahead of the Commonwealth Games in Scotland, writes Mark Etheridge
Jobodwana, who hails from the Eastern Cape but has been based in the United States for the last while, was a revelation in London two years ago as he set a personal best and got to race against sprint legend Usain Bolt in the 200-metre final.
But he underwent hernia surgery earlier this year and had all but written himself out of Commonwealth contention before giving it his all┬áin a bid to get fit in time.
“I pulled out just recently, probably like Monday,” he told Road to Rio 2016. “But it’s cool, it happens and yeah it made no sense if I wasn’t ready.
“After a lot of talk with my coach, physios and most importantly my body, I decided that it would be unfair to compete at sub par level at a grand international event such as the Commonwealth Games.
“The aim is to always bring the A game especially when dressed in the green and gold, and unfortunately I’m simply not ready to do that after the surgery I had 10 weeks ago.
“I do wish all my teammates all the best in bringing back all those medals and right now I’m working on getting my body back to 100% so that I can continue doing what I love.”
Jobodwana now goes back to the rehabilitation table to wisely concentrate on his long term future.