Chris Kamara is forced to pull out of another TV presenting gig amid his speech apraxia battle

Chris Kamara is forced to pull out of another TV presenting gig amid his speech apraxia battle which has left him struggling to pronounce words

  • Chris Kamara revealed last year that he is battling with Apraxia of Speech
  • The condition leaves it hard for Kamara to pronounce some words 
  • He has had to pull out of presenting UK’s Strongest Man due to the condition 

Chris Kamara has been forced to pull out of presenting this year’s UK’s Strongest Man amid his ongoing battle with Apraxia of Speech.  

The 65-year-old was lined up to present this weekend’s event in Nottingham, but revealed on Twitter on Monday that he will be unable to do so.

‘Due to my ongoing speech problems I have reluctantly pulled out of presenting this year’s UK’s Strongest Man,’ he wrote.

‘The show will be in Nottingham this weekend. If you fancy? Please go along – it’s spectacular.

Apraxia is a little-understood neurological condition that affects the body’s ability to perform natural motor functions, with many sufferers developing problems with speech.

Chris Kamara has pulled out of presenting this year’s UK’s Strongest Man

Kamara will not be able to present the event after being diagnosed with Apraxia of Speech

Kamara will not be able to present the event after being diagnosed with Apraxia of Speech

Kamara was diagnosed with an underactive thyroid in 2021, and stepped back from broadcasting duties due to the issue.

He revealed in March 2022 on social media that he had been diagnosed with Apraxia of Speech (AOS), having first shown symptoms of the condition during the first Covid lockdown in 2020. 

WHAT IS APRAXIA OF SPEECH? 

Apraxia of speech is a motor speech disorder that makes it difficult to speak. 

This disorder can make saying the right sounds and words very difficult and can be observed as slurring.

It is caused by damage to the parts of the brain that control how muscles move, leading to apraxia of speech. 

The popular presenter, who was a fans’ favourite thanks to his 24 years on Soccer Saturday, opened up on his struggles with the condition during an appearance on Steven Bartlett’s Diary of a CEO podcast last year.

Kamara admitted he now feels like a ‘fraud’ due to having difficulties with pronouncing some words, and claimed ‘I don’t bring to the table what I used to’.

He also revealed that he no longer enjoys watching himself on TV as he hardly recognises himself any more.

Kamara went into more detail on his Apraxia of Speech diagnosis in an uplifting documentary last year, where he spoke about coming to terms with it and the development he has made since he was first made aware that he had the condition.

When promoting the documentary, Kamara went on ITV’s This Morning show and insisted he doesn’t ‘want to be a victim’.

He has remained upbeat since his diagnosis, still keeping the sense of humour that endeared him to fans all around the country.

Kamara looked into his condition during an uplifting documentary at the end of last year

Kamara looked into his condition during an uplifting documentary at the end of last year

In his 24-year stint on Soccer Saturday, Kamara became known for his catchphrase ‘Unbelievable Jeff’ when describing a big moment in a game to host Jeff Stelling.

He also famously missed a red card when Portsmouth’s Anthony Vanden Borre was sent off against Blackburn in April 2010.

Stelling had to inform a bemused Kamara that the Portsmouth player had been sent off, while his fellow pundits were left in stitches in the studio.

Kamara has had to cut back on his TV work over the last couple of years, but fans will be desperate to see him back soon as he continues his battle to overcome his speech difficulties.

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