Olympic gold medallist wants swimming freed from lockdown

OLYMPIC gold medal holder Adam Peaty is frustrated that swimming in the UK remains in the grip of lockdown.

Britain's most successful-ever competitive swimmer is urging Boris Johnson to give some indication when the nation's swim facilities can re-open again.

Uttoxeter-born Adam's home-town club, Dove Valley, where he learnt to swim, has been out of action since March 17, after lockdown was introduced to combat the coronavirus pandemic.

Adam, 25, is frustrated that whilst some other sports have been able to resume - under strict health and safety rules - swimming still finds itself on hold.

He wants the Prime Minister to at least give the swimming sector some indication of a potential return date.

Business minister Alok Sharma told Sky News this week: “I hope that we can allow leisure facilities to open at some point later on in July, but only if we continue to meet the health tests, the five tests that we’ve put in place.”

Adam showed his support for the re-opening of swimming pools in a tweet directed towards the PM, writing: “Please @BorisJohnson give us a reason why pools will be one of the last things to open?! #OpenOurPools

Adam, a former student at Cheadle's Painsley College, said: “Sport is so important to peoples wellbeing and most importantly mental health! If pubs open soon then so should everywhere else?”

A campaign for the re-opening of swimming facilities to the public has been launched by Swim England. who are pledging to provide a safer environment.

The sport's governing body is pledging to provide a safe environment to meet strict health and safety requirements.

Swim England believes now would be an ideal time for the nation's leisure facilities to re-open and is inviting people to support its #OpenOurPools initiative.

People can do so by signing its petition or writing to their local MP.

Swim England has also asked the Government to “explain the science” behind the continued closure of swimming pools.

Before Covid-19 struck Adam was about to begin making final preparations to retain his Olympic 50m breaststroke title at the Tokyo 2020 Games.


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