Updated: February 18, 2016


Middle-distance specialist Andre Olivier will cut his indoor campaign short and return home to focus on the outdoor season.
Olivier made his top-flight comeback last week, following a lengthy injury layoff, when he took fourth place in the men’s 800m race at the Ifam indoor meeting in Ghent.
The Commonwealth Games bronze medallist had hoped to dip under the qualifying standard for the World Indoor Championships in Portland next month, but he crossed the line in 1:48.81, more than two seconds outside the required mark.
“Things did not go well in Ghent. My body just did not respond at all and things felt off,” Olivier said.
He had planned another few indoor races before the qualifying window was due to close next month, in the hope of being included in the national team for the global championships, but he felt it was best to scrap his short-term goal in order to concentrate on qualifying for the Rio Olympic Games.
“After a long chat with my coach (Jean Verster) and managers, we decided to come home and leave the indoors for the year,” he said.
“Instead, we will focus on outdoors and, of course, the Olympics.”