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Le Clos says Olympics cancellation would not be the end of the world

by ZwemZa on June 26th, 2020

Chad le Clos (Getty Images)

Former Olympic gold-medallist Chad Le Clos was eager to add to his tally at the Tokyo games but says if the Olympiad is called off if won’t be the end of the world.

Le Clos says that the economic hardships of ordinary South Africans has put things into perspective for him.

Olympics cancellation prospect

The swimmer said he would be disappointed if the games, which have been postponed until 2021 were called off given that he may only have one or two more Olympics in him.

A postponement looks set to benefit Le Clos who faced a race against time to be fit for the games after undergoing surgery for foot and groin injuries.

Le Clos competed with a hernia in his last major outing but is keen to get back to his best and challenge for medals in Tokyo if the event happens.

 “[I’ve got] two more Olympics maybe,” the 29-year-old told Swimming World.

“There are some young kids out there who have three or four more Olympics and I think it would just be a shame if it was cancelled.

“The fact it’s postponed doesn’t make any difference, it’s fine for me.

“I’m just going to train harder now, I can just get better.”

Le Clos said witnessing the impact of the virus and the lockdowns instituted to stop its spread has hammered home how priveleged he is.

The swimmer spoke of how he had bought food and drink for people who had lost their jobs when he visited a Durban grocery store last month.

“That was when I realised how bad it was because I’d been watching the news and stuff but I hadn’t seen it for real.

“It’s quite bad in South Africa at the moment in the sense that poor people are getting absolutely destroyed.

“Because we have no economy now because there’s no work, the poorer people that don’t have any cash flow are struggling big time.”

The Kwazulu-Natal based swimmer said the experience had tempered his reaction to the news the Olympics was postponed and the prospect of outright cancellation.

“The Olympics got postponed – some people were crying about it, it’s the end of the world – I’m like guys, you don’t know what it’s like to suffer properly,” Le Clos said.

“So rather just keep quiet about that.”

Watch Le Clos win Olympic gold

This week Le Clos marked eight years since his sensational performance in London 2012 when he gazumped Olympic legend Michael Phelps in the 200 metre butterfly.

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