Guinea was represented by five athletes at the Tokyo Olympics.© AFP
Guinea on Wednesday canceled its participation in the Tokyo Olympics due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, the West African state sports minister said. However, a source close to the Conakry government said the decision not to send a group of five people was a result of financial cuts. “Due to the revival of the Covid-19 variant, the government responsible for the health care of Guinean athletes has sadly decided to suspend its participation in the Tokyo Olympics,” Sports Minister Sanoussy Bantama Sow wrote in a letter to him. AFP saw the chairman of Guinea’s Olympic Committee.
A source stressed, however, that the decision, taken just two days after the inauguration ceremony in Tokyo, is “because the ministry cannot afford the costs.”
The Guinean media have also said that the withdrawal has been linked to health in Guinea, which has never won a medal at the 11th Olympics.
The five teams consisted of Fatoumata Yarie Camara (freestyle wrestling), Mamadou Samba Bah (judo), Fatoumata Lamarana Toure and Mamadou Tahirou Bah (swimming) and Aissata Deen Conte (athletics, women’s 100 meters).
North Korea announced in April that it would not participate in the Tokyo Olympics to “protect” its athletes from the risks associated with the coronavirus pandemic.
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