New Delhi, Kenneth To, an international swimming star, who was eyeing the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, died at 26, after a training session in Florida, US. To fell ill in the locker room after a training session and was taken to the hospital on Monday, South China Morning Post reported.
“The Hong Kong Sports Institute (HKSI) was deeply shocked and saddened to learn of the sudden passing away of elite swimmer Kenneth To,’ the HKSI, where he was an Elite Scholarship athlete, said in a statement on Tuesday, Fox News Channel reported.
‘He had been undergoing a three-month training programme with the Gator Swim Club of the University of Florida. He felt unwell at a training session and was taken to hospital, where sadly, he passed away,’ it added.
The institute termed To as an ‘outstanding elite athlete,’ who held 17 records in Hong Kong. He had been with the institute since August, 2016 and transferred his Australian nationality, to compete for Hong Kong.
‘He was extremely popular and loved by his teammates and competitors. Kenneth was known as a truly exceptional person, warm, funny and kind. His sudden passing is a huge loss to local sports,’ the institute said.
‘The HKSI extends our deepest condolences to Kenneth’s family, teammates and coaches,’ it added.
He was born in Hong Kong, but his family moved to Australia and raised him there. In 2016, he switched nationality to China.