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Alex Zanardi’s long recovery continues one year after accident

A enthusiast greets Alex Zanardi in 2016 right after he gained a silver medal in the course of the Paralympics Game titles, in Rio de Janeiro

Italian former Formulation Just one driver and Paralympic cycling winner Alex Zanardi still faces a prolonged road to recovery extra than a calendar year on from a in the vicinity of-deadly handbike accident, his wife Daniela reported on Thursday.

In an job interview with BMW Motorsport, she reported the fifty four-calendar year-outdated was in a steady condition but could not converse.

“He is ready to undertake education programmes for each his brain and his overall body. He can converse with us, but he is still unable to converse,” she reported.

“Soon after a prolonged time in a coma, the vocal cords ought to regain their elasticity. This is only attainable by means of apply and remedy. He still has a good deal of toughness in his arms and palms, and is education intensively on the machines.

“It is a very prolonged journey and at the second no predictions are built on when he will be ready to return home.”

Zanardi underwent many functions right after remaining positioned in an induced coma subsequent the June 19, 2020, accident whilst taking element in a road race in Italy on a handbike.

A double Champ Car winner in the United States, the driver had to have each of his legs amputated above the knee subsequent a horrific crash in a race in Germany in September 2001.

He recovered to return to the track in touring autos with BMW ahead of later on taking up paracycling and successful four Paralympic gold medals.