What Happened To Chad le Clos?
In January 2021, Chad le Clos suffered a horrible event that shaded his Olympic experience in Tokyo. It is only now that he is speaking openly about the incident and asking for support.
In a conversation with The New Frame, a South African publication Le Clos discussed the difficulties. He said only: It's something he'll never talk about because it's not for anybody else to know the specifics of the incident or its conditions. However, it was so profound that it was harder for them than if my parents had cancer.
Sad to hear that the brilliant and 'beautiful boy' @chadleclos has been struggling with his mental health. Brave to talk about it, important to have that conversation. Go Chad!! Commonwealth games record breaker!#legend 🇿🇦🇿🇦🇿🇦#CommonwealthGames2022— Jo Barlow 🇺🇦 (@GatehouseProof1) July 29, 2022
Le Clos claimed that the terrible event and other things would make him feel low in 2021. These included a change in sponsorship spending and the attention currents in South African swimming. At that time, Le Clos, 29, placed fifth in the men's 200 flies. He was forced to compete in the 100 fly heats despite winning silver in the previous two Olympics.
Le Clos delayed seeking professional assistance until after the Tokyo Olympics, something he now regrets.