Zambia’s Commonwealth Champion athlete, Muzala Samukonga, has withdrawn from the 2023 World Athletics Championship scheduled for Budapest, Hungary from August 17 to August 27 due to injury.
Samukonga had been receiving treatment after sustaining an injury during the Silesia Wanda Diamond League Meet in Poland last month.
The athlete was optimistic about getting better in time for the tournament but his medical team has advised him to take a back seat until the recovery was complete.
“I received my treatment by professionals but unfortunately the injury did not heal and medical advice suggests I take a break off the track to fully recover. In as much as I would have loved to represent my country and making my dream come true by competing at the world stage and putting Zambian flag on the world map of athletics,my management, coach and I have decided that I withdraw from the competition with fear of exacerbating the injury and putting my health and career at risk,” Samukonga confirmed in a heartfelt post on his official Facebook page.
The athlete expressed disappointement at missing out on the championship but promised to come back stronger next season.
The Commonwealth Champion said he worked hard to ensure that he competes at the highest level in the sport.
“From the start of the season i worked hard and looked forward to competing at the biggest competition and my preparations were going on well but fate had other plans for my season,” he said.
Samukonga thanked his coaching team, management , family and fans for their support.
He has since wished the athletes participating at next week’s tournament the best of luck.
“To all my fellow athletes competing at this year’s World Athletics Championships all the best as you represent your country God be with you as you step on the track to compete.”
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