Saturday, September 20, 2008

Liu Xiang to seek further treatment in U.S. in October

World 110m hurdle champion Liu Xiang will go to the US next month to decide whether he needs surgery on his right foot, Titan Sports Weekly reported on Friday.

Liu pulled out of the first round of the 110m hurdles at the Beijing Olympic Games last month, citing a recurrence of the chronic inflammation in his Achilles' tendon.

Domestic experts have suggested that Liu undergo surgery, supposed to be the quickest and most effective solution.

However, Liu's coach Sun Haiping and other Chinese doctors prefer safer physical treatment, such as massage and Chinese traditional medicine.

Chinese hurdler Liu Xiang waves to media upon his arrival at a welcome reception for the 2008 Shanghai Golden Grand Prix track and field event in Shanghai, China, Sept. 19, 2008. The grand prix will be held on Saturday.
The two sides came to an agreement which will see Liu Xiang going to the US, where they will decide on the therapeutic schedule.

Liu enjoyed the Mid-autumn festival holiday with his family in Shanghai. His father revealed that the star hurdler is still unhappy about his role in the Olympics, but hopes to return stronger than ever.


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