Swimming - Le Clos forced to pay own way for World Championships

Olympic champion Chad Le Clos will have to pay his own way if he is to compete at the World Championships in Barcelona later this year.

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South Africa's Chad Le Clos

Swimming South Africa has lost its major sponsorship deal, and with it over £800,000 a year in revenue, forcing the body to insist that their athletes pay for their own flights and accommodation if they are to head to Spain for the event, which begins on July 19

Le Clos's father and agent Bert - who became one of the unlikeliest stars of the 2012 Olympics for his infectious enthusiasm and tears of joy at his son's performances - was outraged by the decision.

"It's pathetic that you have to (buy) your own flight tickets," he told South Africa's Sunday Times newspaper.

"It's a disgrace when you consider the amount of medals and glory swimmers bring to this country. There are other teams, which I don't want to point out, that get millions but bring back nothing."

Le Clos won gold in the 200m butterfly and silver in the 100m butterfly in the Games last summer, while his team-mate Cameron van der Berg claimed the 100m breaststroke title.

By contrast, the British swimming team - which had £25 million funding for the London 2012 games - collected just one silver, from Michael Jamieson, and two bronze medals courtesy of Rebecca Adlington.

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