He may be one of the world’s most famous swimmers, but three weeks on, Chad le Clos still has not been reunited with his “lost” suitcase containing his racing kit, despite the efforts of his coach, his London agents and the media.
He was forced to compete in the Mare Nostrum series event in Canet-en-Roussillon, France, on Sunday, June 18 in borrowed costumes and goggles, after Turkish Airlines lost his luggage.
He’d arrived in Barcelona on a Turkish Airlines flight from Istanbul three days earlier, and was horrified to discover that his checked-in suitcase, containing all his competition kit, swimming equipment, shoes and other clothing, had not.
On the Saturday night he tweeted: “Dear @TurkishAirlines Always had good service, my luggage is still missing for two days, need my kit asap #racingtomorrow #helppls???”
The airline’s “help desk” responded within half an hour, saying they were “deeply sorry” to hear that, and asking him to DM them his lost luggage reference number.
But the suitcase never materialised and Le Clos and his coach flew on to Rome to compete in the Sette Colli (Seven Hills) competition the following Friday.
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