Sport 'Impossible to estimate' when BMX star Jelle van Gorkom might wake from coma

02:50  14 january  2018
02:50  14 january  2018 Source:   Press Association

Dutch BMX Olympic silver medallist in coma

  Dutch BMX Olympic silver medallist in coma Dutch cyclist Jelle van Gorkom, who won a silver medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics, was in a coma on Wednesday following a crash which left him with a damaged skull, officials said. The 27-year-old was hurt after an accident in training at the national sports centre at Papendal near Arnhem in the east of the country. © getty Jelle van Gorkom of the Netherlands shows off his silver medal during a victory ceremony for the men's BMX cycling final during the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro "After the accident, Jelle van Gorkom was taken to hospital.

Dutch cycling officials believe it is " impossible to estimate " when BMX Olympic medallist Jelle van Gorkom will awake from a coma following an accident in training. Van Gorkom , who won silver at the Rio Games last summer, sustained broken ribs, a fracture to his face

Olympic BMX medallist Jelle van Gorkom has been taken off sleep medication, but Dutch cycling officials say it is " impossible to estimate " how long it will take for him to awake from a coma .

Dutch BMX rider Jelle van Gorkom suffered serious injuries in a crash during training: BMX Supercross World Cup - Round Two - Day One - National Cycling Centre © PA ARCHIVE IMAGES BMX Supercross World Cup - Round Two - Day One - National Cycling Centre

Dutch cycling officials believe it is "impossible to estimate" when BMX Olympic medallist Jelle van Gorkom will awake from a coma following an accident in training.

Van Gorkom, who won silver at the Rio Games last summer, sustained broken ribs, a fracture to his face, a tear in his skull as well as damage to the liver, spleen and kidneys during an accident at the beginning of training on Friday in Papendal, the Royal Dutch Cycling Union (KNWU) confirmed.

The 27-year-old is no longer being given medication to keep him asleep, but it remains to be seen just when the Dutchman will regain consciousness.

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Jelle van Gorkom won silver at the 2015 World Championships and the Rio Olympics in 2016. Bas de Bever, the Dutch national BMX coach, asked that the rider, his girlfriend and his family be given “peace and privacy”, while Jochem Schellens, director at the National Sports Centre Papendal, added

This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. ©2017 FOX News Network, LLC. Cyclist Jelle van Gorkom , who won a silver medal in men’s BMX racing at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Olympics, was training at Papendal’s national sport center in the Netherlands when

A statement on the KNWU website read: "Jelle van Gorkom is no longer receiving sleep medication. That means that he now has to wake up from his coma on his own. How long this will take is currently impossible to estimate.

"Van Gorkom responds to stimuli and his body shows recovery. However, there are concerns about the impact of the accident on his brain. The doctors cannot make any statements about this at this stage."

Holland's BMX team coach Bas de Bever said: "The thoughts of the national squad are with Jelle, his girlfriend and his family. Let us now give them peace and privacy."

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