When team South Africa returned from the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio earlier this year, Sports Minister Fikile Mbabula awarded each medalist an additional cash bonus.
Minister Mbabula or as he is more commonly referred to ‘Razzmatazz’ says he did this to encourage the youth to peruse their dreams.
“If you stay away from drugs, you believe in your goals, you love sport, you will always become a winner,” he said.
Now, Chad plans to take it one step further.
Earlier this year, Chad split from Graham Hill, who had been his coach for 14 years.
The move came after Chad’s narrow defeat at the Rio Olympics to world famous swimmer Michael Phelps, who won gold. But his first major achievement came in 2012, when he for the first time beat Phelps in the men’s 200m butterfly race at the Games in London.
The 28 year old athlete made the shocking announcement to his fans on Twitter this week. He says the training will be based at a public school in Cape Town.
According to Swim Swam magazine, Chad is the first male swimmer to score his career 100th World Cup medal.
Chad’s school now plans to bridge the gap and provide proper training for young swimmers with potential to become the next Olympic medalist.