World record holder Wayde van Niekerk has confirmed since he has yet to recover from a knee injury he will not defend his 400m name.
The Olympic winner suffered the injury when playing with a charity touch football match in October 2017 and has not raced since.
The 27-year-old South African recently returned to coaching however, says he’s in no hurry.
„I’m still convinced and I am just taking things day by day, respecting all the calls made by the physicians and respecting my entire body,“ Van Niekerk said in an statement.
„For me it’s only about listening to my body and taking it from there. My principal objective is to look after my body and I’ll take it when the opportunity comes.
„For now I am not hurrying myself or placing pressure on myself. I am extremely pleased and at peace with where I am.“
His physician Louis Holtzhausen, that has been top Van Niekerk’s comeback during the last two decades, believes it’ll move in the forthcoming months.
„The health care teams, both at Bloemfontein and Aspetar (Qatar), did all we could have him prepared for the World Championships, but it was simply not possible,“ Holtzhausen said.
„But he has returned to track all indications are that he will recover more quickly from now on.“
Van Niekerk skipped a return that was planned at July at the London Diamond League after suffering a bruise and had hoped to run at the championships in April but pulled out.
Van Niekerk beat Michael Johnson entire world record in the 400m and has been set to take on the 200m too before his injury.
He won gold in the World Championships.