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Covid-19 won't stop SA Paralympian from training

Published Mar 31, 2020

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DURBAN - While the Olympics and Paralympics have been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Durban based Paralympian Tyrone Pillay, continues to train hard in his garage, which he has converted into a mini-gym.

“ I have been hard at training, putting in six hours of training everyday. Even though there’s not enough space in my garage, training has to continue,” said Pillay.

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The 2016 Rio bronze medalist said although he is disappointed that the games have been postponed, he believes that the pandemic is bigger than the sport.

“As much as I am disappointed about the postponement, the most important thing is that people’s lives come first and the most important thing is that everybody has to be safe. I have also used this time to communicate with other athletes and I can tell you that everybody is training hard,” said the shot put star.

Through her Facebook page, hand cyclist Palesa Manaleng, who was expected to compete at the games said: “I'm currently training for all my postponed competitions including the World Cup and World championship. Please continue donating to my Back a buddy (link in bio).”

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On Monday the games organizers said the Tokyo Olympics will be held from July 23 to Aug. 8 in 2021.The Paralympic Games will take place between Aug. 24 and Sept. 5, 2021 in the Japanese capital, said the organizers, who decided from among several proposed time frames, including springtime, to avoid major conflicts with the international sports calendar.

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