Chad Le Clos reveals heartbreaking news ahead of Rio Olympics

By Samantha Luiz
11 July 2016

South African competitive swimmer Chad le Clos has revealed that both his parents are battling cancer.

"My Mum Geraldine has breast cancer which has returned since her remission in 2010, " he wrote in a statement. "She has recently undergone a double mastectomy and is now having chemo. My Dad Bert developed prostate cancer and has also undergone an operation in late June."

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The 24-year-old, who's an Olympic, world and Commonwealth swimming champion, shared how he's "training hard for Rio" even though it has not been an easy time for him. "More than anything else I want them to win their battles. I also hope that they will be in Rio.."

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"I would ask my friends in the media to respect their recovery. I will also not be doing any media prior to Rio."

Sources: chadleclos.com. bbc.com

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