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Professional cyclist Chris Hoy announces he has been diagnosed with cancer.
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Professional cyclist Chris Hoy announces he has been diagnosed with cancer.

Chris Hoy, the gold medalist in Olympic track cycling, has revealed that he is battling cancer and currently receiving chemotherapy treatment.

The athlete who has won six gold medals shared on Instagram that he had wanted to keep his diagnosis a secret, but had no choice but to reveal it. He also mentioned that he is currently undergoing treatment and is staying positive for the future.

He announced that he has some news to share. He was diagnosed with cancer last year, which was unexpected since he had no symptoms prior to that. He is currently undergoing chemotherapy treatment and it is going smoothly. He would like to express his sincere appreciation to the medical professionals for their incredible support and care.

I had wanted to keep this information confidential for the sake of my young family, but unfortunately, the situation has forced us to reveal it. Although I appreciate any assistance, I prefer to handle this matter in a private manner.

Hoy expressed that the past few months since his diagnosis have been extremely challenging. He sympathized with others who are also facing similar struggles currently. Despite the difficulty, he remains optimistic and surrounded by love, which he is thankful for. He mentioned that he is feeling well at the moment and is able to continue with his work, cycling, and daily life as usual. He also mentioned the upcoming Paris Olympics in July and is looking forward to being involved and sharing the experience with his supporters.

The charity SAMH expressed their appreciation for Hoy on Friday evening upon learning the news. He has served as an ambassador for the charity since 2009. SAMH’s chief executive, Billy Watson, stated, “We are extremely honored to have Sir Chris as our dedicated ambassador and extend our sincere support to him and his loved ones. We are aware of Chris’s unwavering dedication to the cause of mental health and anticipate continuing to collaborate with him in the future.”

Today, Hoy holds the title of 11-time world champion and has earned six Olympic gold medals, along with one silver. From 2012 to 2021, he held the record for being the most decorated British Olympian and the most successful Olympic cyclist in history. With a total of 17 global titles in four different disciplines, Hoy is widely considered to be the most accomplished track cyclist of all time.

Chris Hoy punches the air after winning the men's team sprint final at the 2012 Olympics.

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Humza Yousaf, the first minister of Scotland, extended his well wishes to Hoy following the news. In a post on X, Yousaf stated: “I send my sincerest wishes for a quick and complete recovery to the iconic athlete Sir Chris Hoy. I hope that requests for privacy for him and his loved ones are respected during what must be a challenging time for them all.”

“I am sorry to hear that Chris Hoy has been diagnosed with cancer,” expressed SNP MSP Evelyn Tweed. “I wish him a quick recovery.” She also praised Hoy as one of Scotland’s top athletes, an advocate for SAMH, a supporter of Social Bite, and a UNICEF UK ambassador. Tweed reminded others to seek help if they have any concerns about their own health.

The organization Balls To Cancer posted on X: “Chris Hoy, a six-time Olympic champion, has revealed that he has cancer. We extend our well wishes to him and if there is anything we can do to help, please reach out to us.”

The report was contributed to by PA Media.

Source: theguardian.com