Barshim to Fly to Munich Soon for Rehab

Barshim to Fly to Munich Soon for Rehab
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Published September 3rd, 2018 - 05:47 GMT via SyndiGate.info

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Mutaz Essa Barshim
Mutaz Essa Barshim

World high jump star Mutaz Essa Barshim of Qatar is off his crutch, showing incredible recovery from the ankle injury he sustained which ended his 2018 athletics season prematurely in July.

He would soon be flying out to Munich in Germany to start his rehabilitation programme under the best doctors of the world so that he could be fit again to defend his 2017 World Championship gold medal in Doha next year.

Barshim, who came back from his cheering role in Jakarta on Saturday night, looked cheerful and determined while appearing at the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy's launch of the 2022 World Cup Volunteer Registration progamme in Doha on Sunday.

One of the ambassadors for FIFA 2022 World Cup, Barshim even walked up to the stage without any apparent difficulty for a group photo with the SC officials and other tournament volunteers.

Talking on the sidelines, Barshim said,"Today is the first time I am walking without my crutch. I'm so happy and excited.

"After three days, my plan is to go to see my doctors and start the rehab. I don't know how long the rehab would last. I'm very positive to complete the rehab so that I can start regaining my fitness," he added.

It may be recalled that Barshim got injured on July 2 during the Istvan Gyulai Memorial in Szekesfehervar (Hungary) while trying to create a world record. He sprained his ankle and tore ligaments. Subsequently, he underwent surgeries before a screw was drilled into his ankle recently.

If he had not been injured, Barshim would have gone to compete in the Asian Games and help Qatar win the gold medal. Due to the health issues, he had to withdraw from the competition, but he still went to Jakarta and was an active member of the cheering brigade, led by Qatar Olympic Committee President HE Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad al Thani.

Qatar finished the Asian Games with 13 medals, including six golds and four silver.

Barshim's agent Daniel Wessfeldt is also optimistic that the Qatari athlete would recover from the injury and will be back on the pit to defend the title in 'great style.'

"He is in the hands of the world's best experts and will get the best rehab that anyone can offer. Only the doctor can and will decide exactly what rehab treatment Mutaz will get.

"Of course, it's difficult to say exactly how long it will take. The only thing I can say now is that so far everything has gone very well after his surgery and I am sure that Mutaz doctor in Germany will now be successful with his rehab.

"He is being seen by a group of the best experts in the world of sports medicine. I am not worried at all. Mutaz will be back for next year's World Championships in Doha in great style," Wessfeldt added.

By Raajiv Tripathi

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