Athletes share their personal battles with COVID-19 

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 29:  Gold medallist Cameron van der Burgh of South Africa poses on the podium during the medal ceremony following the Men's 100m Breastsroke final on Day 2 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on July 29, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 29: Gold medallist Cameron van der Burgh of South Africa poses on the podium during the medal ceremony following the Men's 100m Breastsroke final on Day 2 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on July 29, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

While the whole world is dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, some in the sports community have found themselves in the middle of the crisis having tested positive for the the virus.

Tokyo2020.org brings you the latest on the athletes who are fighting the battle against the virus or starting their recovery process, along with messages of thanks to the medical professionals who have helped them come out stronger during this difficult period.

Messages of hope

Boglarka Kapas encourages people to take care

Boglarka Kapas, the Hungarian swimmer and bronze medallist in the Rio Olympics 800m freestyle, has sent a message of encouragement despite testing positive, saying: "Be careful, stay home, and stay healthy."

Wu Lei: "Keep moving forward"

Chinese footballer Wu Lei, who plays for RCD Espanyol in La Liga, also took to his social media platforms to announce his positive test results for COVID-19. He has since recovered strongly, even started training again this week.

The left-winger said in a recent blog post: "Since today, I've started to do some basic training... There are a lot of things that can't wait. The only way to grow without regrets is to keep moving forward."

Patrick McEnroe showing no more symptoms

Patrick McEnroe, captain of the USA men's tennis team at Athens 2004, seemed to be in high spirits while speaking from his basement after contracting COVID-19. He shared an update video on twitter, saying "The bad news is I tested positive. The good news is the symptoms have passed, and I feel 100%. I'm an example of someone who's been able to fight through it."

World Athletics supports Ehsan Hadadi

Ehsan Hadadi, Iran's first ever Olympic track and field medallist, tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this year. At the end of March, World Athletics announced that the London 2012 silver medalist did indeed have the virus, and wished him "a full and speedy recovery."

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 07:  Ehsan Hadadi of Islamic Republic of Iran celebrates winning silver in the Men's Discus Throw Final on Day 11 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 7, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 07: Ehsan Hadadi of Islamic Republic of Iran celebrates winning silver in the Men's Discus Throw Final on Day 11 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 7, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Gratitude towards the medical workers

Earvin N'Gapeth thanks everyone at the hospital

French volleyball player Earvin N'Gapeth has now returned home safe and sound after contracting the virus, but not without thanking the selfless doctors who helped him through. Sharing a powerful photo on his Instagram, he said, "It’s time to go home after 15 days in quarantine in the A. F. Agafonov hospital in Kazan. From the bottom of my heart, thanks to all the medical staff. Nurses, doctors, cleaning people, cooks and all of those I’m forgetting."

Enjoy the simple things

Cameron van der Burgh is all smiles

2012 Olympic swimming champion, Cameron van der Burgh took to Twitter to share his painful experience with COVID-19. Things are now looking brighter for the South African, who believes that the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will be a reuniting force following the pandemic.

Family first for Gedeón Guardiola

Gedeón Guardiola, one of Spain's most experienced handball players, shared his personal experience with Marca.com, explaining that the first thing he did after ending his two-week quarantine was to "play with my children and be with my wife. I've missed normalcy."

Words of wisdom from Kevin Durant

Having learned that he tested positive for COVID-19 in March, NBA superstar Kevin Durant shared these encouraging words: "Everyone be careful, take care of yourself and quarantine. We're going to get through this." On 1 April Durant's team the Brooklyn Nets released a statement to say that Durant had made a complete recovery from the illness.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 21:  Gold medalist Kevin Durant of the United States poses for a photo following the Men's Gold medal game on Day 16 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Carioca Arena 1 on August 21, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 21: Gold medalist Kevin Durant of the United States poses for a photo following the Men's Gold medal game on Day 16 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Carioca Arena 1 on August 21, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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