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British sprinters ‘truly blessed’ to be alive after motorbike crash on Tenerife

British champion sprinters James Ellington and Nigel Levine survived a motorcycle accident in Tenerife while touring the island on a break from a training camp on Tuesday evening.

British sprinters 'truly blessed' to be alive after motorbike crash on Tenerife
James Ellington and Nigel Levine were involved in a motorcycle accident on Tenerife. Photo: British Athletics

The champion athletes were struck head on by a car  thought to be driving on the wrong side of a mountain road.

The two both suffered pelvic injuries, and Ellington is also thought to have broken a leg in two places.

The GB athletes will miss the rest of 2017, but Ellington said he feels “truly blessed” to be alive.

He posted a picture on Instagram of himself from his hospital bed in Hospital Universitario Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria.

 

He added: “I truly am blessed as I do not know how me or my training partner Nigel are still alive.

“Me and him are both strong characters and will be looking to bounce back from this horrific accident.”

Ellington, 31, is a 100m and 200m specialist and a two-time Olympian who was part of the gold medal-winning 4x100m relay teams at the 2014 and 2016 European Championships.

Levine, 27, is a 400m runner who was born in Trinidad and raised in Northamptonshire.

He won a European outdoor relay gold in 2014 and an indoor relay gold in 2013.

British Athletics said their staff are liasing with doctors over treatment and are still waiting to establish the severity of the injuries and what impact they could have on their athletic careers

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Tenerife closes island as coronavirus infections soar but will still allow tourists

The government of the Canary Islands have decided to ban non-essential travel to the island of Tenerife from Friday after a recent surge in infections.

Tenerife closes island as coronavirus infections soar but will still allow tourists
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Regional president Ángel Víctor Torres announced the “tough measures” late Wednesday and said the island would be close off to all but essential travel from Friday at midnight.

He said that for a period of two weeks, travel between municipalities on the island should be avoided, that  social gatherings would be limited to six people from a maximum of two households, and the curfew would be brought forward to 10pm.

But while the decision appeared to derail the plans of thousands of holidaymakers who have booked to travel to the island for some winter sun over Christmas, a clarification came from the island’s Health Ministry explaining that tourists were exempt from the ban.

Those already on the island will be allowed to stay on and return home as planned, while new arrivals, both from mainland Spain or elsewhere, will be welcome if they have proof of accommodation booked and a negative Covid-19 test taken within the previous 72 hours.

A spokesperson from Jet2 which is operating holidays to the island said:

“We are aware of news reports regarding Tenerife closing its borders to holidaymakers. We can assure customers that we have received confirmation from the Canaries Government that this is not the case.  Holidaymakers can still travel to Tenerife to enjoy Christmas and their well-deserved holidays in the sunshine.

“Given this welcome update from the Canaries Government, alongside the current FCDO travel advice, we are operating our flights and holidays programmes to Tenerife as normal.”

The cumulative incidence rate over 14 days on Tenerife has soared to 226 cases per 100,000 people from 137 cases a month ago, above the average across Spain which just topped 200.READ MORE: 

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