PORT-OF-SPAIN: Trinidad & Tobago cyclist Njisane Phillip remains hospitalized in California with a kidney-related problem, his stepfather has confirmed.
Phillip was taken into the California Hospital Medical Centre last week with stomach pains but was scheduled to be relocated to a specialist hospital.
The cyclist’s stepfather, Phillip Whiteman, has reported “no muscle damage” to Njisane and said that he was not on dialysis.
Whiteman says tests are still being done on Phillip since the cause of the problem had not yet been ascertained.
Some of Phillip’s fellow athletes have been tweeting their support, including world champion 400-metres hurdler, Jehue Gordon, who has encouraged people to keep the cyclist in their prayers.
Last year, Phillip became the first T&T cyclist to win a medal in the UCI (International Cycling Union) World Cup series, capturing silver in the match sprint event in Manchester.
He followed up with a new national and Pan American record of 9.643 seconds in the Flying 200-metres, which is the qualifying event for the match sprint at the Aguascalientes leg of the World Cup in Mexico, which was held last month.