Olympic swimming champion Chad le Clos has urged fellow South Africans to “stay at home” and “stay active” in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Le Clos, 27, who won 200m butterfly gold at London 2012, says he is “in the shape of his life” and believed he was on target to add to his tally of four Olympic medals overall at the Tokyo Games, which have been postponed to 2021.
With a total lockdown set to take effect in South Africa on Thursday night, Le Clos said the “most important thing is just to be safe.” “The health of the people around the world is much more important than anything at the moment. I’m focusing on staying healthy, keeping my family healthy and isolating myself,” said Le Clos. “It definitely affects everyone. We were planning to race the national championships – the qualification round – so for me it was a little bit difficult because we had trained so hard. “Now we’ve had a break, a forced break with the lockdown so it is a difficult thing because I’m currently in the shape of my life so definitely to lose that is going to be tough. “You know you’ve got to make the right decisions and eat well, eat healthy and eat fresh. It is what it is – and it’s the same boat for everyone.”