Quarter-miler Arokia Rajiv, a key member of the Indian 4x400m relay team, is hopeful of recovering in three-four weeks time and is eager to join the national camp in Patiala after being out for over five months now due to a toe injury.
The 28-year-old athlete, who clocked his personal best of 45.37 seconds at the Asian Athletic Championships in April, got injured during the IAAF World Relays in Yokohama back in May. Rajiv, who then underwent treatment for the injury at the AFI national camp in Poland, then decided to go back to his hometown Tiruchirappalli (Tamil Nadu) after his expected toe fracture didn’t recover in over two months.
“It’s frustrating that my injury is taking this long to recover. Back in Spala, the facilities were not available to treat my injury and I was also told that I will recover in 70 days time but that didn’t happen. It was even difficult to find a place for an X-ray there and that’s why I decided to head back to India to get it treated in my hometown (Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu),” Rajiv told Mail today from Pune, where he is undergoing treatment since September 8 after coming from the national camp.
Updating on the current situation of the injury, Rajiv said the injury was later discovered to be a ligament tear after meeting doctors in Mumbai and Pune.
“We earlier thought it to be a toe injury but later when I met few doctors here, they said I actually have a ligament tear instead. At the moment I am reacting well to the new treatment and I am hopeful I will be back soon, rest is up to god,” he said.
Rajiv also added that a lot of time was also wasted in his hometown as he underwent treatment there believing it to be fractured toe.
Meanwhile, an AFI official has said that they are expecting Rajiv will join the national camp on November 1.
The army man didn’t only miss the World Championships during the elongated injury period but also missed out on a 7th CISM World Military Games berth (ongoing in Wuhan, China), where he won a 400m silver at the last edition in 2015.