Snakebite won't stop Variawa from off-road competition

Off-road competitors are a tough bunch and being bitten by a snake on the Toyota Dealer 400, round five of the Bankfin Off Road Championship, at Sun City over the weekend won't stop former South African champion Shameer Variawa from competing in...

Off-road competitors are a tough bunch and being bitten by a snake on the Toyota Dealer 400, round five of the Bankfin Off Road Championship, at Sun City over the weekend won't stop former South African champion Shameer Variawa from competing in future events.

Variawa and co-driver Zeyn Moolla broke down in the Cornbake Jimco on a remote part of the Sun City route. The pair decided to trek through the bush to seek assistance, and shortly after leaving the stricken car they disturbed a snake, which bit Variawa.

"It all happened so quickly, and I did not get a good look at the snake," said Variawa. "I was a little worried but we managed to contact my aunt.

"She was on the event, is a qualified nurse and gave me emergency treatment. I later saw a doctor and it would appear the snake was non venomous."

Variawa said some aspects of the incident were a little exaggerated. "Word travels fast when these sort of incidents occur, and the story tends to grow a little with each telling.

"It wasn't something I'd like to go through again, but it won't stop me competing. These things are part of the sport."

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