Le Clos clears up confusion

2012-12-18 10:46

Cape Town - SA Olympic medalist Chad le Clos has cleared up the confusion surrounding his rumoured early disappearance from the recently concluded FINA World Short Course Championships in Istanbul, Turkey.

Le Clos was believed to have scratched from the final day's 200m butterfly - an event in which he is the reigning Olympic champion - in order to attend the BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards ceremony in London at which his father, Bert le Clos, was nominated for the Overseas Sports Personality of the Year award.

However, Chad took to Twitter to clear up the confusion, writing: just to be clear! i have been in Turkey for 10days, no where else - i didn't attend London with my dad, tweaked shoulder so had to withdraw.

Bert le Clos lost out to Jamaican sprint sensation Usain Bolt in the final voting.

Chad, 20, was the only South African swimmer to win a medal in Turkey when he claimed gold in the 100m butterfly and also bagged silver in the 50m butterfly.

Giulio Zorzi carried the South African flag in Le Clos' absence at the Closing Ceremony on Sunday.

Zorzi was the only other South African to reach a final in Istanbul, when he finished seventh in the men's 50m breaststroke.


  • gungets.tuft - 2012-12-18 10:53

    Yet News24 saw fit to not only report that Chad had attended London, but even had a Poll where poeple could vote on what they thought of it. Sies.

      Erna - 2012-12-18 11:05

      Media should apologise.

      pieterduplessis - 2012-12-18 11:23

      Poor, poor Journalism. However at least they have the decency to publish this article. Or maybe it is now the case that the twitter is mightier than the pen.

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-12-18 11:46

      Editor should resign...

      gungets.tuft - 2012-12-18 13:41

      Pieter - and you make the point - it has never been easier to verify a story, with the communications options open to us. It just makes it worse, that they are too lazy to even try. Of course they will blame Beeld, or SAPA, or the weather, anything but 1/2 #rsed journalism.

      BlouMasjien1 - 2012-12-19 09:36

      That is province 24 for you

  • - 2012-12-18 10:59

    It annoys me when I comment on untrue reports i.e "Chad puts dad before Team SA" Reporters catch a wake up with your facts pls according to Chad he never left Turkey.

  • Tim - 2012-12-18 11:07

    Sigh, whos the dumb reporter who came up with yesterday's story? Butting into people's live's and then not even getting the facts straight.................. pathetic reporting.

  • John - 2012-12-18 11:10

    News24 should be ashamed all they want is to breed hatred and negativity in society this Kid has done nothing wrong but bring hope to many......shame on you....

  • bbooyse - 2012-12-18 11:54

    Where's all the haters with their apologies?

  • nic.j.rensburg - 2012-12-18 12:04

    takes all creditably away from your stories....cheers news 24 im finding a legit site who make sure of their facts first!! did you not think to ask Chad before you publish a story!! that's like journalism 101!

      gungets.tuft - 2012-12-18 13:39

      Good luck finding one - all newspapers nowdays are just a hysterical shrieking noise, desperate to sell paper or clicks. Standards and decency is not in the top 10 goals of modern journalism. Stick to the Economist or similar, they are not in such a screaming great rush to print that they forget to even try for the truth.

  • henryhoratio.kitchener - 2012-12-18 15:14

    Sadly chaps, the fact that everybody always wants to be first with a story, even if it is only a rumour, will make these mistakes more often and it could cost this le Clos lad his reputation. Editor in Chief should really start looking at what he/she is allowing through their website. Cheerio

      nic.j.rensburg - 2012-12-18 16:27

      or at least apologize and state it was a boobo to keeps its readers happy we all make mistakes but at least admit it and say OOPS!

  • christian.koegelenberg - 2012-12-18 18:19

    There was no confusion. News24 just decided to slander Le Clos without doing a basic fact-check. Just another example of the gutter-press at work!

  • sportslovinme - 2012-12-18 19:00

    Thank goodness News24 at least had the decency to clear this news. I was disappointed with Chad at first when this rumor came out but was relieved that he cleared it via twitter... I hope next time News24 at least fact check first. With the available technologies now, you would think it would be easy... Anyways, hope for an amazing season next year... Hope he does well in Australia and Barcelona....

  • RudiErnst - 2012-12-18 21:30

    Disgusting News 24. You don't even bother with an apology in the same article that points out your slack journalism. The "journalist" and "editor" involved should be disciplined - this is about a youngster's career! And the article refers to "Bert Le Clos" losing to Bolt - should that not read Chad Le Clos? Or is his dad also a loser in the eyes of News 24. Pathetic reporting.

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