While the whole world is dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, some in the sports community have found themselves in the middle of the crisis having tested positive for the the virus.
Tokyo2020.org brings you the latest on the athletes who are fighting the battle against the virus or starting their recovery process, along with messages of thanks to the medical professionals who have helped them come out stronger during this difficult period.
Messages of hope
Boglarka Kapas encourages people to take care
Boglarka Kapas, the Hungarian swimmer and bronze medallist in the Rio Olympics 800m freestyle, has sent a message of encouragement despite testing positive, saying: "Be careful, stay home, and stay healthy."
Wu Lei: "Keep moving forward"
Chinese footballer Wu Lei, who plays for RCD Espanyol in La Liga, also took to his social media platforms to announce his positive test results for COVID-19. He has since recovered strongly, even started training again this week.
The left-winger said in a recent blog post: "Since today, I've started to do some basic training... There are a lot of things that can't wait. The only way to grow without regrets is to keep moving forward."
Patrick McEnroe showing no more symptoms
Patrick McEnroe, captain of the USA men's tennis team at Athens 2004, seemed to be in high spirits while speaking from his basement after contracting COVID-19. He shared an update video on twitter, saying "The bad news is I tested positive. The good news is the symptoms have passed, and I feel 100%. I'm an example of someone who's been able to fight through it."
World Athletics supports Ehsan Hadadi
Ehsan Hadadi, Iran's first ever Olympic track and field medallist, tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this year. At the end of March, World Athletics announced that the London 2012 silver medalist did indeed have the virus, and wished him "a full and speedy recovery."
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Gratitude towards the medical workers
Earvin N'Gapeth thanks everyone at the hospital
French volleyball player Earvin N'Gapeth has now returned home safe and sound after contracting the virus, but not without thanking the selfless doctors who helped him through. Sharing a powerful photo on his Instagram, he said, "It’s time to go home after 15 days in quarantine in the A. F. Agafonov hospital in Kazan. From the bottom of my heart, thanks to all the medical staff. Nurses, doctors, cleaning people, cooks and all of those I’m forgetting."
Enjoy the simple things
Cameron van der Burgh is all smiles
2012 Olympic swimming champion, Cameron van der Burgh took to Twitter to share his painful experience with COVID-19. Things are now looking brighter for the South African, who believes that the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will be a reuniting force following the pandemic.
Family first for Gedeón Guardiola
Gedeón Guardiola, one of Spain's most experienced handball players, shared his personal experience with Marca.com, explaining that the first thing he did after ending his two-week quarantine was to "play with my children and be with my wife. I've missed normalcy."
Words of wisdom from Kevin Durant
Having learned that he tested positive for COVID-19 in March, NBA superstar Kevin Durant shared these encouraging words: "Everyone be careful, take care of yourself and quarantine. We're going to get through this." On 1 April Durant's team the Brooklyn Nets released a statement to say that Durant had made a complete recovery from the illness.
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