WATCH: Dutch Cyclist Endures Nasty Collision With On-Field Official During Tokyo Olympics Training

Published 07/27/2021, 7:01 AM EDT


This year’s Tokyo Olympics is truly a once-in-a-lifetime affair. No fans in the stadiums, regular COVID-19 testing procedures, athletes being sent home on a daily basis, the Summer Games has it all. Highs and lows, and epic triumphs, the first few days of the Olympics have been like a rollercoaster ride.

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The Tokyo Olympics has also been dealt its fair share of controversy. The whole Olympic village bed saga, a drop in viewership ratings and local opposition against the games, it’s been a tough journey thus far.

Dutch cyclist Niek Kimmann, who is making his Olympic debut in 2021, endured some of that bad fortune during his training run. Read further to find out more about his unfortunate accident and if it will impact his performance at the Olympics.

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Dutch BMX cyclists Niek Kimmann offers an update after an on-track collision

Netherlands-based BMX cyclist Niek Kimmann is currently in Tokyo hoping to get his name in the record books this summer. Kimmann is one of the favourites, alongside USA’s Connor Fields, in the men’s BMX racing.

The 25-year old suffered a minor accident while he was training for Thursday’s event. Kimman was involved in a knee collision with an official who was trying to cross the track.

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“So this is what happened today. Hit an official that wanted to cross the 2nd straight. Hope the official is O.K. My knee is sore, but will do my best to be ready for Thursday! Thanks everyone for the messages, appreciate it!” Kimmann’s caption read on Instagram.

The men’s BMX event will start on Thursday at the Ariake Urban Sports Park. Earlier during the day, fellow Dutch countryman Mathieu van der Poel fell during the men’s cross-country mountain biking event. He was later hospitalized with an injured hip, which might require further treatment.

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Hopefully, the rest of the week bears good fortune for the Netherlands and their cycling contingent currently in Tokyo.

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