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"I was afraid to hit the wall": Ndoye Brouard reveals suffering from keratoconus


The French swimmer had missed his turn during the 100-meter backstroke series in Tokyo, causing many questions.

Young French swimmer Yohann Ndoye Brouard, disqualified from the 100m backstroke on Monday after hitting the wall on the turn, said his eyesight was affected by corneal deformity after his elimination in the 200m backstroke at the Tokyo Olympics Wednesday.

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My cornea is deformed

Yohann Ndoye Brouard

During the entire confinement, I noticed that I could see poorly, that my eyesight was declining.

I went to see an ophthalmologist, my cornea was examined and it turned out that it is deformed.

I have what is called a keratoconus, that is to say that my cornea is deformed, it is round and it is in the process of becoming a little oval.

Suddenly, I see less and less well, I have a little gray veil sometimes, I am dazzled by the headlights at night, by the spots

”, explains Ndoye Brouard (20 years old).


Diagnosed a year ago

", he must be operated on in both eyes "

after the Games in September

" in Paris, said the recent European bronze medalist in the 100m backstroke.

Sometimes I'm blinded, I can't see the flags

Yohann Ndoye Brouard

When you're in a large pool with full spotlights, I don't see much.

Sometimes I'm blinded, I don't see the flags (5 meters from the wall, editor's note),

”he describes, two days after being disqualified from his favorite race for being caught by the wall at the turn.

In training, "

I've been making turns every day for three days



Ndoye Brouard.

The first few days, I went under the flag and I had a blockage, I was afraid of hitting the wall.



I am not going to lament my fate, but it was not easy

" after this mishap, says the young backstroke. “

I received a lot of negative comments, it impacted me a bit but I got back into it and I used it as a force. And I still received a lot more positive messages.


Source: lefigaro

All sports articles on 2021-07-29

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