Stranded Bok in Japan: ‘I’m taking it one day at a time’

Malcolm Marx. (Photo: Getty/Gallo Images)
Malcolm Marx. (Photo: Getty/Gallo Images)

The uncertainty is taking its toll, says Bok strongman Malcolm Marx, who seems likely to remain stranded in Japan for the foreseeable future.

“It’s really difficult, especially at a time when you just want to home be with family and loved ones,” an upset sounding Malcolm tells YOU.

“But this situation is beyond our control. It’s tough but we don’t know what’s going to happen next,” he adds.

Malcolm Marx was running out for the Shining Arcs in the Japan Rugby Football Union’s Top League competition when it got cancelled due to Covid-19 pandemic. Since the competition was called off on Monday, March 23 scores of South Africans have scrambled to get home before travel restrictions came into effect.

Players like Duane Vermeulen and Jesse Kriel were able to get back from Japan in time, but several others, including Malcolm and Springbok lock RG Snyman, still are in that country.

“I’m just trying to take it one day at a time and to stay healthy,” Malcolm tells us. Although Japanese authorities are exercising caution, the country isn’t in lockdown. They’re still able to visit training facilities, Malcolm says.  “It helps to work out and to still be able to see friends here. To spend time with friends is very helpful and fortunately keeps a person more positive,” he says.

In spite of having some friends around, it remains difficult for Malcolm to be stuck in a foreign country. Especially as his partner is back in South Africa. She works in the medical profession and is based in a hospital in Johannesburg, he says.

“To be honest I don’t know that much about Covid-10 here in Japan. I don’t really watch the news here, because I find it a little difficult to understand the language,” Malcolm quips, and chuckles.

He does, however, follow the world news and is concerned about the increasing numbers of people getting diagnosed with coronavirus.

Although the lockdown in South Africa is making it hard for him to return, he believes it’s for the best. “There really isn’t much we can do about this. We can only encourage our families and South Africans to be safe, to take care of their health and stay home,” Malcolm says.



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