Olympic Champion and South African swim star Chad le Clos confirms his mother and his father are both currently battling cancer.
Chad le Clos released the statement below:
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.