‘Hopefully I would get it after I competed’: Campbell sisters would risk coronavirus for Olympic gold


Bronte Campbell said she would only withdraw from the Games under the most extreme of circumstances and if that meant catching coronavirus in Japan, that was a risk worth taking. She said the virus seemed to be spreading in any case, so the rewards were worthy of the gamble.

“I don’t think that if they say, ‘there’s a risk to you’, that lots of athletes are going to pull out. It would take a lot for me to not want to go an Olympics. Hopefully, I would get it after I competed. But if we are going to be talking about so many people in the world getting it anyway, going to the Olympics is worth it.

“I know it’s different from Zika but we are willing to risk a lot. I already put my health and body on the line a lot with swimming. The way the virus is going, it doesn’t seem like fit younger people are at a massive risk.

“The only way I won’t be swimming at the Olympics is if they don’t let me go or it is canceled. That’s it.”

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