Some of South Africa’s leading track and field athletes have arrived in Gemona, Italy as they set their sights on a potential return to competition.
World 400m record holder Wayde van Niekerk, African long jump champion Ruswahl Samaai and African 110m hurdles record holder Antonio Alkana are hoping to use the favourable conditions at the European base for some warm weather training over the next few months.
They are joined by sprint coach Tannie Ans Botha, as well as long jump coach Jenny Kingwill.
Commonwealth Games 100m champion Akani Simbine and his coach, Werner Prinsloo, are also expected to arrive in Gemona early next month.
“I’m happy to be back in Gemona, which has become like a second home to me,” Van Niekerk said.
“I’m grateful to be healthy, and I’m hoping to get in a few races if possible, as we start to prepare for a full return to competition when coronavirus restrictions allow.”
Having arrived on Sunday, Van Niekerk, Samaai and Alkana are likely to be based in Gemona for at least three months.