Olympic swimming supervisor Cameron van der Burgh said he had fought the corona virus in the past two weeks.
The 31-year-old South African swimmer Won gold at the 100-meter breaststroke at the 2012 Olympic Games in London and silver in Rio four years later. He retired in 2018.
In a series of Tweets On Sunday, van der Burgh announced that he had been “struggling” with COVID-19, the coronavirus-related disease, for 14 days.
He announced his diagnosis as the demand for a postponement of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics grew.
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“By far the worst virus I’ve ever suffered, even though I’m a healthy person with strong lungs (no smoking / sports), a healthy lifestyle and young,” he tweeted, adding that he was in the least vulnerable group be.
He said that although the most severe symptoms, including extreme fever, had passed, he still had “severe fatigue and a residual cough”.
Any physical activity, like walking, leaves him exhausted for hours, he said.
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Van der Burgh said that the athletes will continue to train as there is no clarification regarding the Tokyo Games that expose themselves to “unnecessary risks”. He said that those who become infected with the virus will try to return to training “most likely to improve / prolong the damage and recovery time”.
He advised people to take care of themselves and concluded in his tweet thread: “Health comes first – COVID-19 is no joke!”