British bobsleigh stalwart Bruce Tasker out of Olympics after suffering stroke
Team GB’s Bruce Tasker will miss the upcoming Pyeongchang Olympic Games after having a minor stroke.
The 30-year-old suffered the stroke on January 4 and, although he is expected to make a full recovery, will not be in strong enough health to compete at next month’s games.
Tasker was set to make up a quarter of the men’s four in the bobsleigh and was hopeful of challenging for a medal.
“I’m gutted not to be able to conclude the four-year cycle by going to the Olympics but I’m very grateful that I’m still fit and healthy,” said Tasker. “I’m still sore but, otherwise, I feel fine. While I’m not training, I’m already resuming normal life and the dog hasn’t been missing out on her walks! I’m set to make a 100 per cent recovery and I already feel as though I’m most of the way there.
“I have been strongly advised that I don’t compete again this season but the initial prognosis is that I should be able to resume training with the team in a couple of months. In the meantime, I’ll still be cheering the team on from my sofa!”
GB Bobsleigh’s performance director Chris Price added: “We are obviously bitterly disappointed for Bruce that he will not be able to fulfil his ambition of competing at his second Olympic Winter Games next month, especially given the dedication, commitment and excellence he has shown throughout the Olympic cycle, but his health is of paramount importance.
“The last few days have been worrying for all who know and care for Bruce but we are naturally delighted that he is on course to make a full recovery. We will now ensure Bruce and his family have all the necessary support in place to aid that process.”