A Dutch boy who participated in the Tokyo Olympics bicycle competition and BMX racing was hit by an accident.
He collided with a referee who invaded the course during practice and injured his knee. The Tokyo Organizing Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games admitted that J-CAST News was not interviewed and said that it would try to prevent recurrence.
Nick Kinman (Photo: Reuters / Aflo)
“This was definitely avoided.”
BMX Racing will be held at Ariake Urban Sports Park (Koto-ku, Tokyo) on the 29th and 30th. Connor Fields (USA), who won the gold medal at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, is aiming for consecutive men’s championships.
On the 26th, just before the match, leading medal candidate Nick Kinman (Netherlands) posted an 11-second video on Twitter saying, “This is what happened today.”
At the match venue, Kinman and another player are seen running on the course. After crossing a series of humps, Kinman collided with a person on the course for some reason.
Kinman said, “I bumped into the official staff who was crossing the second straight line. I hope that staff is safe. My knees hurt, but I will do my best to make it on Thursday. Message Thank you. ”
The video has been reported by multiple overseas media and is spreading ripples at home and abroad.
“A BMX rider who was expected to win a gold medal may collide with a bad official staff running across the track and the Olympics may end,” said an insider.
“This is one of the injuries that I could definitely avoid” (New York Post)
“Fans are confused about why the official staff were on the track,” (The New Zealand Herald).
According to the Dutch Public Broadcasting (NOS), Kinman has injured his patella and is taking painkillers for the match.
On the 29th, the Public Relations Department of the Games Organizing Committee revealed to J-CAST News that the staff was an international referee. It is said that he inadvertently invaded the course.
Kinman will pass the quarterfinals on the 29th and face the semifinals (finals) on the 30th.