Australian Olympic BMX cycling hopeful Kai Sakakibara, suffered a major crash on Saturday 8 February 2020 during the opening heat of the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup in Bathurst, Australia. Kai underwent surgery the next day to relieve pressure on his brain following the serious crash and was in a coma for 8 weeks. Initially, doctors were not confident he would survive but he fought hard and he continues to make strong progress in all aspects of his rehabilitation.
Due to his extended stay in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and extensive rehabilitation requirements, Kai’s medical bills are expected to be substantial even after his insurance is applied.
Kai has always been and continues to be a positive role model to many kids and adults, not only in Australia but across the globe. Kai would always make time to sign an autograph or have a photo taken or just to have a chat. This is what made Kai such a popular person amongst the BMX community and why so many of us have been impacted following Kai’s crash.
Southlake Illawarra BMX Club (Kai’s home BMX club) and Ace Race have come together to create a memorable #KaiFight77 jersey that represents everything Kai. We want to continue to support Kai and we believe this jersey will achieve that.