Tokyo 2021: Pillay builds home gym to stay on track

Tokyo 2021: Pillay builds home gym to stay on track

Tyrone Pillay has not given up on representing South Africa at next year's Tokyo Paralympic Games.

Tyrone Pillay

He may not have enough space at his home to practice his throwing, but the Durban born shot-putt star, who won a bronze medal at Rio 2016 continues to work on his fitness in his garage which he's converted into a mini-gym.

He says he was unsurprised by the International Paralympic Committee's decision to postpone the games – in line with the IOC's call to move the Summer Olympics.

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As the world grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic, the 39-year-old believes the decision was made for the greater good of humanity. 

"For us, training carries on. I am sad now that the games have been postponed, but there's something bigger, this pandemic has bigger effects than sport, and the most important thing is that everybody has to be safe," Pillay said. 

Pillay urged South Africans to heed the rules of the 21-lockdown and remain indoors.

"We have to take this very seriously," he said.

"It is a difficult time and being cooped up in your house is not the easiest thing. This, however, is about saving lives and being united as a country," Pillay added. 

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