By Joana Arries-Tagoe

Wayde van Niekerk’s aim of making a return to international competition has been put on isolation as the South African track and field sprinter has been tested positive for COVID-19.

The Olympic and World record holder [400m] having recovered from a long time knee injury wanted to use the Trieste Meet in Italy on Saturday to relaunch his career but his dream could not be fulfilled as he tested positive on his arrival in Italy on July 19 where he has been on quarantine.

According to his manager the South African has been tested on four occasions since his arrival in Italy with the last test coming out positive for Covid-19.

Van Niekerk became the first sprinter in history [2016] to run the 100 metres in under 10 seconds, 200 metres in under 20 seconds, and the 400 metres in under 44 seconds.

Wayde van Niekerk tore his anterior cruciate ligament [ACL] while playing in a Rugby game on October 31, 2017 and has not been able attend any major competition since then.