07.30.10 - Canadian Tory
Nyhaug Injured at the 2010 BMX World Championships
(Pietermaritzburg, RSA – July 30, 2010) - Canadian
BMX rider Tory Nyhaug (Coquitlam, BC), a four-time World
Champion and best chance for a medal for Canada at the
2010 UCI BMX World Championships this weekend in Pietermaritzburg,
Republic of South Africa, will not participate in the
finals of the junior category.
Nyhaug suffered from a perforated spleen yesterday
as a result of a crash while training on the race track
in Pietermaritzburg. Nyhaug was expected to contend
for Gold in the junior category.
Nyhaug, the 2009 BMX Canadian Champion, was immediately
transported to hospital and received immediate treatment
from the medical authorities in South Africa. His health
is improving and he is expected to be released from
the hospital tomorrow, Saturday.
“We wish a fast and full recovery to Tory. We
are all saddened to hear about the injury, but we know
he received excellent care from the medical authorities
in South Africa. We know Tory as a fighter and a determined
young rider that loves to compete to win,” said
Jacques Landry, Chief Technical Officer for the Canadian
Cycling Association. “We will do everything in
our powers to help Tory in his rehabilitation. Tory
is a young promising athlete with hopes for strong performances
at the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games in London and Rio
Nyhaug, 18 year old, is a four-time World Champion
in BMX, within respective categories. He won World Championships
races in 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2007.
Nyhaug’s rehabilitation is expected to last at
least three months. The young BMX sensation will therefore
miss the inaugural Youth Olympic Games in Singapore.
The Canadian Cycling Association has started the procedures
to fill the spot left by Nyhaug for the international
Nyhaug will also miss the 2010 BMX Canadian Championships
held on August 28th in Airdrie, Alberta.
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