Sir Chris Hoy reveals cancer diagnosis

Six-time Olympic champion says he is 'optimistic, positive and surrounded by love' after announcing that he was diagnosed in 2023

Clock20:30, Friday 16th February 2024
Sir Chris Hoy at the London Olympics in 2012

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Sir Chris Hoy at the London Olympics in 2012

Sir Chris Hoy has revealed that he was diagnosed with cancer in 2023 and that he is currently undergoing treatment, including chemotherapy.

The six-time Olympic champion broke the news in an Instagram post on Friday.

"I have a bit of news. Last year I was diagnosed with cancer, which has come as a huge shock, having had no symptoms up to that point," Hoy wrote.

Hoy, 47, retired in 2013 on the back of an incredible career that included Olympic titles in 2004, 2008 and 2012. In total he won 17 global titles on the track and became a household name during a period of British track cycling that paved the way for a generation of success.

“I’m currently receiving treatment including chemotherapy, which thankfully is going really well. I’d like to extend my sincere gratitude to all the medical professionals for their amazing help and care," Hoy added.

“For the sake of my young family, I had hoped to keep this information private but regrettably our hand has been forced. While I’m thankful for any support, I’d like to deal with this privately.”

Hoy's statement also tried to focus on the positive, and his ongoing work ahead of the Paris Olympic Games that take place later this summer. He did not disclose the type of cancer he was receiving treatment for.

“I’m optimistic, positive and surrounded by love for which I’m truly grateful. As you might imagine, the last few months have been incredibly difficult. However, I currently feel fine – I am continuing to work, ride my bike and live my life as normal.

“It’s an exciting year of work ahead, not least with the Paris Olympics in July. I can’t wait to get stuck in, have fun and share it with you all.”

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