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CTE diagnosis for another football legend raises the stakes

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Legendary Australian rugby player and commentator Wally Lewis is the latest name on a growing list of sports stars being diagnosed with CTE, or chronic traumatic encephalopathy.

The diagnosis comes as the issue of concussions in sport, and how athletes are protected especially in their later years, becomes a major priority.

Press PLAY to hear more about the latest name to be added to the list of CTE-suffering sports stars

Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe told Gary Adshead on 6PR Mornings Mr Lewis is sadly showing multiple signs of cognitive degeneration.

“He can’t recall the names of things, he repeated himself when talking with his partner; I think that level of vulnerability, to talk about that, is both amazing and heart-breaking.”

Image: Michael Dodge/Getty Images

Gary Adshead
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