Two-time Olympics medallist Cameron van der Burgh has revealed how he’s been dealing with the COVID-19 over the last two weeks and urged Tokyo Olympics-bound athletes not to train under such dire circumstances. Van der Burgh, who won a gold at the 2012 London Games in 100m breaststroke and followed it up with a silver in Rio de Jeneiro said that although he is on the road to recovery, any activity takes a toll on him physically. Also Read - Nethra Kumanan Becomes First Indian Woman Sailor to Qualify For Olympics
“I have been struggling with Covid-19 for 14 days today,” he revealed on Twitter. “By far the worst virus I have ever endured despite being a healthy individual with strong lungs (no smoking sport), living a healthy lifestyle and being young (least at-risk demographic). Also Read - North Korea Pulls Out of Tokyo Olympics Citing Coronavirus Concerns
“Although the most severe symptoms (extreme fever) have eased, I am still struggling with serious fatigue and a residual cough that I can’t shake. Any physical activity like walking leaves me exhausted for hours.” Also Read - Chris Gayle Wants Cricket's T10 Format to be Included in Olympics
With Australia and Canada pulling out of the Olympics, the International Olympic Committee has decided to postpone the Tokyo 2020 Summer Games because of the coronavirus pandemic, IOC member Dick Pound said on Monday, as a window slowly began to open that would allow the showcase to be staged next year.
Van der Burgh explained his experience of dealing with the disease adding how the body struggles to recover and that athletes will be exposing themselves to danger if they continue training.
“The loss in body conditioning has been immense and I can only feel for the athletes that contract Covid-19 as they will suffer a great loss of current conditioning through the last training cycle. Infection closer to competition being the worst,” he said.
“Athletes will continue to train as there is no clarification regarding the summer Games and thus are exposing themselves to unnecessary risk – and those that do contract will try rush back to training most likely enhancing/extending the damage/recovery time.”