The 400m world record holder recently returned to full training, however, and he will line up in the one-lap race at the Gala dei Castelli meeting in Bellinzona, Switzerland, spearheading a South African quartet which also includes 100m sprinter Akani Simbine, long jumper Ruswahl Samaai and high hurdles specialist Antonio Alkana.
‘My body is in good health, which I’m grateful for, and I’m looking forward to racing again,” said Van Niekerk. ‘We don’t have any goals for the meeting. I’m just excited to see how my body feels again in a race situation, and it will be nice to loosen up the legs.
‘It will give us a good indication of where I am in my training, after having to spend 25 days in isolation, and we can then focus on what needs to be done to gain some momentum towards the 2021 season.’