15 Jun 2012

Injured Drysdale says he'll be at Olympics

9:54 pm on 15 June 2012

Single sculls world champion Mahe Drysdale says he will definitely row at the 2012 Olympics in London in July.

The five-time rowing world champion and one of New Zealand's leading Olympic medal hopes was hit by a car while training on his bike in Munich earlier this week.

Drysdale describes the minor injury to a shoulder and hip as semi-serious and won't take part in the World Cup regatta in Munich at the weekend.

However, he says he will be fine for the London Games which begin in July.

Since 2011, Drysdale has reduced the amount of training on the water because of arthritis in his back and has taken to cycling each day.

Drysdale underwent scans in Munich after the accident and says he is feeling fine and more confident about the future. He will train on a stationary bike for the next couple of days before returning to the boat in a week or so.

Drysdale was involved in a similar incident ahead of last year's world champs in Slovenia before going on to win the title for the fifth time.