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Chad Le Clos makes appeal for family privacy ahead of Rio 2016

Our Proudly South African Olympic swimmer, Chad le Clos, and his father, Bert, warmed many hearts at the London 2012 Olympics with their passion to make South Africa proud. Chad is currently training for 2016 Olympics which takes place between 5-21 August in Rio De Janeiro.

Sadly however Chad has revealed that both his parents are currently fighting a battle against cancer. He has released the following statement:
The Rio Olympics are just a few weeks away but I can confirm that both my parents are fighting cancer.My Mum Geraldine has breast cancer which has returned since her remission in 2010. 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.It has not been an easy time but I am training hard for Rio. More than anything else I want them to win their battles. I also hope that they will be in Rio.I would ask my friends in the media to respect their recovery. I will also not be doing any media prior to Rio.
Chad, our team here at PharSide are behind you and your family all the way. You've got this.

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