Wayde van Niekerk suffers serious knee injury in celebrity touch rugby game

• Olympic 400m champion forced to miss 2018 Commonwealth Games
• ‘I will work as hard as I can to get back on the track as soon as possible’

The 400m world record holder, Wayde van Niekerk, has been forced to pull out of next year’s Commonwealth Games in Australia after seriously injuring his knee during a celebrity touch rugby match.

The 25-year-old South African, who is the reigning Olympic and world 400m champion, had been a strong favourite to win the 100m and 200m double in the Gold Coast in April. However, he will now face six months of rehabilitation in the US, Qatar and South Africa after sustaining medial and lateral tears of the meniscus and tearing his anterior cruciate ligament playing rugby in Cape Town.

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