“Due to the resurgence of variants of Covid-19”, the government, “concerned with preserving the health of Guinean athletes, has decided with regret to cancel Guinea’s participation” in the Tokyo games, wrote the Minister of Sports, Sanoussy Bantama Sow, in a letter addressed to the President of the Guinean Olympic Committee.
The Guinean press for its part evoked on Wednesday evening problems of unpaid premiums.
Guinea, which has never won a medal in 11 appearances at the Olympic Games, was to send to Tokyo Fatoumata Yarie Camara (freestyle wrestling), Mamadou Samba Bah (judo), Fatoumata Lamarana Touré and Mamadou Tahirou Bah (swimming) and Aïssata Deen Conté (athletics, women’s 100m).
Before Guinea, North Korea had announced in April that it would not participate in the Tokyo Olympics to “protect” its athletes from any risk linked to the coronavirus pandemic.
While softball and football on Wednesday opened the ball of the sporting events of these games to be held in very strict consistencies, the boss of the World Health Organization (WHO) recalled that “the race against the virus” of Covid-19 was still not won.
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