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Olympic swimmer opens up on coronavirus battle: ‘The worst virus I have ever endured’

For The Win logo For The Win 3/22/2020 Andrew Joseph
Cameron van der Burgh standing in front of a crowd: USA TODAY © Provided by For The Win USA TODAY

With the Tokyo Olympics scheduled for this July, pressure from around the sports world has been focused on the IOC to postpone the Games given the risks athletes and visitors would face with the global coronavirus pandemic.

We're already seeing athletes struggle with the virus.

South African swimmer Cameron van der Burgh won gold at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London for the 100-meter breaststroke. He's a world-class athlete and is just 31 years old, but he's been struggling with COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.

In a Sunday Twitter thread, van der Burgh discussed his multi-week battle with the coronavirus, calling it "by far the worst virus" he had ever faced and urged the public to take preventive measures seriously.

According to van der Burgh, his symptoms have improved - and he no longer has a fever - but he raised issues that the IOC need to consider, especially when it comes to athletes preparing for the Olympics.

In a letter released on Sunday, the IOC set a deadline of four weeks to come to a decision on postponing the Tokyo Games. The IOC has, however, ruled out the possibility of cancelling the Olympics.

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