Olympic champion Adam Peaty questions Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s decision to keep swimming pools shut

Peaty has called on the Prime Minister to explain why swimming pools are remaining shut
Peaty has called on the Prime Minister to explain why swimming pools are remaining shut - (Copyright Zuma Press/PA Images)
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Olympic breaststroke champion Adam Peaty has called on Prime Minister Boris Johnson to explain why swimming pools are to remain shut as other venues reopen in England.

The PM unveiled the latest measures in the country’s easing of the lockdown on Tuesday, with pubs, restaurants, cafes and hairdressers among the public spaces granted permission to re-open from July 4.

Peaty is currently training in a hot tub-style pool in his back garden - (Copyright PA)

But he also stressed that indoor gyms and swimming pools will have to remain closed until further notice, something Peaty was not happy about.

Prior to the announcement, he had said: "Mad how we can go shops and have Karen cough on me and yet no Leisure Centres/Athletic Tracks are publicly open yet Face with monocle Sport is so important to peoples wellbeing and most importantly mental health!

"If pubs open soon then so should everywhere else?"

And then on Tuesday following Boris Johnson’s announcement, Peaty added: "Please @BorisJohnson give us a reason why pools will be one of the last things to open?! #OpenOurPools @Swim_England @britishswimming."

Swimming pools have been closed across the country since the PM announced a nationwide lockdown on March 23.

Peaty was scheduled to defend his 100m breaststroke title at the Tokyo Olympics this summer, but the event has now been postponed until 2021.

Four years ago at the Rio Olympics, the Staffordshire-born swimmer broke his own world record twice on his way to Team GB’s first gold medal of the Games.

Since then, he has broken the world record another two times, most recently at the 2019 World Swimming Championships when he became the first person in history to complete the 100m breaststroke in under 57 seconds - finishing with a blistering time of 56.88.

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