Top South African road cyclist Nicholas Dlamini has broken his arm after he was stopped by South African National Parks (SANParks) rangers in Table Mountain National Park while on a training ride.
Dlamini suffered a broken arm during an altercation with rangers which could hinder his participation in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.
His team said the injury will “have a serious effect” on his hopes of competing at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
SANParks says Dlamini, 24, was suspected of entering the park without paying an entrance fee and a “scuffle ensured” when he failed to show the requested documentation.
“This is a major setback for the Capetonian who had been out on a training ride ahead of a hugely promising 2020 season.
“NTT Pro Cycling would like to be clear that we fully condemn violence in any form and are all highly distressed to see our team-mate treated in this manner.” said NTT Pro Cycling boss Douglas Ryder.
SANParks’ acting head of communications Rey Thakhuli said they will launch a full investigation into the matter.
“We are embarking on a preliminary investigation to determine the facts and all officials are being interviewed and eyewitness are asked to come forward. Video that has gone viral will form part of the investigation. Anyone found to be on the wrong side of the law will be dealt with.”
Thakhuli asked the public to respect the park and pay the necessary conservation or activity fees on arrival.
By Gerald Dandah