New Zealand Shot-putter, Jacko Gill, has had a set-back in his preparations for the 2018 season.

Last week Gill was diagnosed with inflammation of the heart wall as a result of reaction to a virus. The condition is known as Myocarditis.

Athletics New Zealand High Performance Medical Director, Dr Dan Exeter, has advised that treatment involves a break from any training for at least 3 months. There may be an extension of training restrictions, or some training modifications, for a further 3 months depending on the results of further tests.

Dr Exeter will consult with leading New Zealand cardiologists to advise Gill and his support team regarding the best approach to manage his gradual return to training. With careful management he should be able to return to training and competition in the latter half of 2018.

Given these timeframes, Gill will not be available for selection for the 2018 Birmingham IAAF World Indoor Championships and at this stage, participation in the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games is unlikely.

Athletics NZ HP Director, Scott Goodman, has caught up with Gill since the diagnosis.

"Jacko is disappointed, but in good spirits. The main thing is that he is well and the prognosis for a return to good health is high".

"From an ANZ-HP Programme perspective we are hopeful that Jacko can return and be a medal contender at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, but that is inconsequential compared to his health and well-being".

"Jacko conveyed that he is very thankful and appreciative of the support of his coach Kirsten Hellier, his support team, Athletics NZ and especially his family, " added Goodman.

- This story has been automatically published using a media release from Athletics New Zealand