His story is an amazing one and we wish him the best as he continues his fight against drug addiction. Just a few weeks ago, he jumped an African record of 8.62m.
"Manyongaâ€š who was part of a rehabilitation programme in the lead up to the Rio Olympic Gamesâ€š has now enrolled at an aftercare as he continues with his mission to achieve his dream of becoming one of the worldâ€™s best long jumpers."
Luvo Manyonga has issued the following statement:
"I have been playing sport since an early age and I have grown to love athletics deeply
"Unfortunately I have been battling substance abuse since I was a teenager and it has been a difficult journey.
"I wanted to release this statement to show others that there is no shame in your past and empower others to shake off the stigma associated with addiction.
"Decisions such as the one I have taken to be a part of a rehabilitation movement hopefully can allow others to admit to the daily challenges.
"I am committed to staying drug free and I want to achieve great things in my career and life. To achieve my goals and dreams I understand that I will need all the support I can get.
"I want to thank my family, ASA and my support team at Newton Sports Agency for all their help and support they have given me thus far. I am excited about my future."
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