Friday, February 23, 2018

Njisane to miss Worlds

Top Trinidad and Tobago cyclist Njisane Phillip is back in training but will miss the UCI World Cycling Track Championships in Colombia later this month.

Phillip, who is on the mend from a kidney-related problem, won’t be fit enough in time for the global event in the South American country.

President of the Trinidad and Tobago Cycling Federation (TTCF), Rowena Williams said: “Njisane is currently training in LA (Los Angeles) so he is healthy enough to do that but he won’t be going to the Worlds because his fitness won’t be up to standard. Instead he will focus on other international events later in the year.”

Those include the Commonwealth Games in Scotland and the Central American and Caribbean Games (CAC) in Mexico.

Before those Games, Williams said, Philip will participate in the TTCF International Easter Grand Prix in April, the Southern Games also in April and the TTCF National Cycling Track Championships in May.

In January, Phillip was hospitalised at the California Hospital Medical Centre with stomach pains but was moved to a specialist hospital because of kidney-related problems.

Phillip is coming off major success in 2013 when he became the first T&T cyclist to earn a medal in the UCI (International Cycling Union) World Cup series, securing silver in the match sprint event in Manchester, England. He followed up with a new national and Pan American record of 9.643 seconds in the Flying 200 metres--the qualifying event for the match sprint--at the Aguascalientes leg of the World Cup, in Mexico last December.