Will Luvo rise from demons?

2016-07-28 06:00
Luvo Manyonga Photo: BackpagePix

Luvo Manyonga Photo: BackpagePix

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The biggest problem with South African long jump sensation, Luvo Manyonga, is he gets too excited.

That’s what bothers SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc), President, Gideon Sam.

If Sam had his way, someone would guard the wayward long jumper 24/7.

Manyonga, is regarded as a medal prospect at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil starting on 3 August.

The University of Pretoria-based lanky jumper, was banned for 18 months after he tested positive for tik.

But Sam and the High Performance
Centre relocated him to the capital city in order to start over.

Manyonga’s motto is: Rise from your
demons. And he has done that in style.

But Sam is worried the African Athletics Senior Championship silver medallist is
unable to control his excitement.

Sam said he will sleep with Manyonga in his room to constantly monitor him.

Sam said: “You have to calm Luvo down as he gets too excited.

I said to him you’re going to sleep in my room my wife will find another room.

“I need to make sure he sleeps and doesn’t get too excited about going to the final.”

Sam said he will do everything in his power to assist Manyonga and he will have regular talks with him in Rio.

The 25-year-old was too excited about making the team to Rio.

Manyonga, who is from Paarl in the Western Cape, said:

“I’m going to Rio because I’m the best yeah! “I’ve been waiting for this moment and have been pushing myself too hard and finally I’m off to the Olympics.

He added: “If you tell me to jump right now, I’ll surely do it, yeah!”

Manyonga is full of energy and he accompanies every sentence with a broad smile.

He said: “I have been rising from demons all over me and I was down in hell.

I have climbed over wall hurdles, without Sam I would be down and out.”

“Me, I always get on with people easy. I want to jump 8.50m for my son.”

“My new nickname is Chameleon, Yeah.”


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