The 2020 Tokyo Olympics has again been abandoned by one of the participating countries. There are already two countries that have decided to withdraw from the event because they are worried about the threat of the Corona virus.
Inside the Games reported, Guinea became the latest country to decide to withdraw from the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Guinean Sports Minister, Sanoussy Banama Sow, announced it.
Sow explained the decision in a letter to the President of Guinea’s National Olympic and Sports Committee, Nabi Camara. This is according to an AFP report.
“Due to the resurgence of the COVID-19 variant, the Government, concerned with maintaining the health of Guinean athletes, has regretfully decided to cancel Guinea’s participation in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics,” Sow wrote.
Apart from concerns about the delta variant of the corona virus, Guinea also does not lack funds to go to Tokyo. Back is an option.
Guinea itself plans to send five athletes to Japan. They are wrestler Fatoumata Yarie Camara, judoka Mamadou Samba Bah, swimmers Fatoumata Lamarana Toure and Mamadou Tahirou Bah, and sprinter Aissata Deen Conte.
Guinea have made 11 appearances at the Olympics since their debut in Mexico City in 1968. They have never won a medal.
And Guinea’s decision makes them the second country to withdraw from the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Previously, North Korea became the first country to withdraw from the multi-event event in April.
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