Just before the start of the BMX season, Twan van Gendt suffered a serious hand injury. The current world champion BMX dislocated a bone in his hand during strength training, causing damage to a number of nerves in his hand. Van Gendt is expected to be out of contention for eight to twelve weeks. "A huge setback," said the 27-year-old from Brabant. "I am currently in excellent form, and was ready for the first World Cup races. That this happens during the final strength training in the preparation is worthless. "
"It will be a race against the clock to get fit again on time and to qualify for the Olympic Games. But if I am motivated by something, then it is "making the impossible possible. All focus is now on the process to recover and get fit again. "
In 2018, Van Gendt made the switch from the national team to Team Oegema TVE. He surprised everyone by winning gold at the BMX 2019 World Cup in Zolder, Belgium. After participating in the Olympic Games in London (2012) and Rio (2016), the BMX rider now goes for a title in Tokyo. Twan is currently 2nd in the internal ranking of the Netherlands. The 3 best ranked riders per country count towards the country ranking and the best 2 countries of that ranking place 3 riders for Tokyo. The Netherlands is currently 1st, but misses 1 river to score points due to Twan's injury. France is the biggest competitor, however, also has 1 injured athlete so that the difference will not increase very quickly.
Van Gendt currently resides in Australia and has undergone surgery on his hand. He will be working on his recovery there in the coming weeks.