Injury Robs Nijel Amos

| May 15, 2015

Nijel ‘Zoro’ Amos will not compete in the IAAF Diamond League meet at Qatar Sports Club today (May 15).

The IAAF 800m defending champion is still recovering from a quad-muscle tear injury. Although he competed in the South Africa Championships last weekend where he finished in position six in 400m recording 46:38, Amos said he only used the race to gauge his recovery.

He said after competing in the 400m, it was clear that he needed time to recover therefore he would not risk aggravating the injury. “Honestly I don’t think I am ready to compete now. My coach and I feel we still need some more work in a couple of weeks,” he said.

However, Amos said he would be back on May 31 in a Diamond League meet billed for the United States. He was confident that, with a lot of exercise, he would be in a good position to contain the competition pressure.

Quizzed if he was not worried that his competitors would be earning points during his absence, he was quick to point out that he was not worried even though points were important.

“I don’t worry about points. Last year, I didn’t run all meetings but managed to win the league,” he said. Nonetheless, he urged Batswana to continue rallying behind him and promised to continue to deliver on the track.

“I want to thank Batswana for the support they have given me. The 2015 season has just started, work has to be done and trust me I promise them that I will always put a smile on their faces in every race that I take part in,” he said.

The year 2014 was arguably one of the best seasons for the Marobela born athlete as he won major competitions. He also completed a double over his 800m nemesis David Rudisha at the Commonwealth Games and Diamond league.

However, Amos will not be the only 800m favourite missing the Doha meeting since Rudisha is also not on the provisional start list.

The start list includes Abdulrahman Balla of Qatar, Mohammed Aman of Ethiopia, Musaeb Pierre-Ambroise Bosse of France, Jamal Hairane of Qatar, the Kenyan Job Kinyor, Alfred Kipketer, Asbel Kiprop, Jeremiah Kipkorir Mutai, Ferguson and Rotich Cheruiyot.

Nederlands will be represented by Bram Som, while Ayanleh Souileman will represent Djibouti.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

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