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Olympic rower Polly Swann feels drawn back to NHS

BRITISH Olympian Polly Swann was aiming to return to the podium in Tokyo but is now considering rebooting her medical career to join the battle against coronavirus.

Swann, a Rio silver medallist, wanted to round off her rowing career at this year’s Olympics before resuming her life as a doctor.

Yet with the Games postponed until next year, Swann (pictured) is mulling returning to the medical profession now.

‘I feel really conflicted by the whole thing,’ said the 31-year-old. ‘I am not essential to the NHS but I could help.

‘I see friends and family in the NHS and there is a real sense they are pulling together.’

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