Minor stroke rules Britain's Bruce Tasker out of Winter Olympics

Bruce Tasker was admitted to hospital with dizziness and nausea. Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

British bobsledder Bruce Tasker will miss the 2018 Winter Olympics after suffering a minor stroke.

Tasker, 30, is expected to make a full recovery and hopes to return to the sport later in 2018 -- according to the British Bobsleigh and Skeleton Association -- but will sit out Pyeongchang.

The news comes as a blow to both athlete and team, as Tasker has been an integral cog in the British four-man bobsleigh squad.

Tasker was receiving treatment for groin and hip injuries, having missed out on the latest World Cup in Germany, but was admitted to hospital with dizziness and nausea and then had the diagnosis confirmed.

"I'm gutted not to be able to conclude the four-year cycle by going to the Olympics, but I'm very grateful that I'm still fit and healthy," Tasker said. "I'm still sore, but otherwise I feel fine. While I'm not training, I'm already resuming normal life, and the dog hasn't been missing out on her walks!

"I'm set to make a 100 percent recovery, and I already feel as though I'm most of the way there. To me, this was a completely freak occurrence. I was unlucky to be in this situation, but I'm lucky to have come out of it unscathed.

"I have been strongly advised that I don't compete again this season, but the initial prognosis is that I should be able to resume training with the team in a couple of months. In the meantime, I'll still be cheering the team on from my sofa!"

GB Bobsleigh performance director Chris Price said: "We are obviously bitterly disappointed for Bruce that he will not be able to fulfil his ambition of competing at his second Olympic Winter Games next month, especially given the dedication, commitment and excellence he has shown throughout the Olympic cycle, but his health is of paramount importance.

"The last few days have been worrying for all who know and care for Bruce, but we are naturally delighted that he is on course to make a full recovery. We will now ensure Bruce and his family have all the necessary support in place to aid that process."