Guinea was to represented by a complete of 5 athletes on the Tokyo Olympics.© AFP
Guinea cancelled its participation within the Tokyo Olympics on Wednesday because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the west African state’s sports activities minister introduced. However, a supply near the federal government in Conakry mentioned that the choice to not ship its five-person crew was a consequence of monetary constraints. “Due to the resurgence of Covid-19 variants, the government, concerned with preserving the health of Guinean athletes, has decided with regret to cancel Guinea’s participation in the Tokyo Olympics,” Minister of Sports, Sanoussy Bantama Sow, wrote in a letter addressed to the president of the Guinean Olympic Committee that was seen by AFP.
A supply insisted, nonetheless, that the choice, taken simply two days out from the opening ceremony in Tokyo, was as a result of the “the ministry cannot pay” the prices.
Guinean media additionally claimed the withdrawal was monetary fairly than well being associated for Guinea, which has by no means gained a medal in 11 appearances on the Olympics.
The five-strong crew comprised Fatoumata Yarie Camara (freestyle wrestling), Mamadou Samba Bah (judo), Fatoumata Lamarana Toure and Mamadou Tahirou Bah (swimming) and Aissata Deen Conte (athletics, ladies’s 100m).
North Korea introduced in April that it might not take part within the Tokyo Olympics to “protect” its athletes from any danger linked to the coronavirus pandemic.
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