Panic as African nation withdraws from Tokyo 2020 Olympics due to COVID-19 concerns

Panic as African nation withdraws from Tokyo 2020 Olympics due to COVID-19 concerns

  • Guinea have pulled out of the forthcoming Tokoyo 2020 Olympic Games due to health concerns, according to their Sports Minister
  • However, it is understood that the ministry do not have enough money to finance the five-man team to the Games
  • The West Africa nation who have never won a medal in any of the Olympics have athletes competing in wrestling, judo, swimming and athletics

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Guinea will not be participating in the forthcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympics due to coronavirus concerns, Minister of Sports, Sanoussy Bantama Sow announced according to the Punch.

The West African nation only had five contingents into the Games including Fatoumata Yarie Camara (wrestling), Mamadou Samba Bah (judo), Fatoumata Lamarana Toure and Mamadou Tahirou Bah (swimming) and Aissata Deen Conte (athletics, women’s 100m).

Panic as African nation withdraw from Tokyo 2020 Olympics due to COVID-19
Guinean athletes make appearance during a carnival during the Rio 2016 Olympics but they will not be in Tokyo 2020. Photo by Jim Watson
Source: UGC

Guinea Sports Minister's reason

The Sports Minister in a letter to the President claimed that the health of the athletes amid COVID-19 concerns.

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The letter was quoted by AFP:

“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.”

However, there is a contradicting report from a government source claiming that the lack of finances to sponsor the athlete to the Games is the real reason Guinea will not be participating.

The Olympics is just 24 hours away from starting and it is understood that the high cost of plane tickets and other relatable costs hindered Guinea's participation.

Guinea have never won a medal at any of the 11 Olympics they featured in and the media claims it could be the reason for their withdrawal.

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YEN.com.gh earlier reported that Samuel Takyi, a member of the Black Bombers says he is the best at his weight class and is confident in winning a medal for Ghana at the 2020 Olympics games in Tokyo.

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Takyi, nicknamed The Golden Ring Warrior, believes that his workout with team trainers, Dr. Asare and Vincent Akai Nettey has put him in the best position to claim a medal for Ghana.

In an interview with Sammy Haywood Okine on the Ghana Olympic Committee’s Facebook page, Takyi said his confidence rises each day and he remains focused on the assignment.

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