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'I'm really struggling to exercise still': Olympic athletes battle long Covid

July 21, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Oonagh Cousins was training up to 35 hours a week after she was picked for the British rowing team for the Tokyo Olympics, despite contracting Covid-19 in February 2020.

(CNN)Oonagh Cousins was training up to 35 hours a week after she was picked for the British rowing team for the Tokyo Olympics, despite contracting Covid-19 in February 2020.

But she thinks that the intense exercise may have exacerbated the virus, adding that "it ended up developing into really bad long Covid," forcing her out of the Olympic team.

"I'm really struggling to exercise still," Cousins said.

"All I could think about was, I need to get ready for the Olympics, I need to get ready for the Olympics," Loomis said.

"When I had Covid for that one month it ended everything I had been training for," she said.

Phogat also said she faced huge personal anxiety after her whole family got Covid-19 a few months ago in India, during the huge outbreak there.

"Everyone tested positive for Covid then and the situation in India was such that the hospitals were full," she said.

"It's difficult, but it's actually also a pleasure that even in such a situation, we can still play at the Olympics and all us athletes can make our countries proud," Phogat said.

"Covid has made everyone really tense and they have had to stay at home, so they will get a chance to see the Olympics and the heroes of the world. "

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