The West African state sports minister announced that Guinea had canceled its participation in the Tokyo Olympics on Wednesday due to the Kovit-19 epidemic. However, a source close to the government in Conakry said its decision not to send its five-person team was a result of financial restrictions.
“The government, concerned with protecting the health of Guinean athletes, has decided to cancel Guinea’s participation in the Tokyo Olympics due to the resurgence of the Covit-19 category,” Sports Minister Sanusi Pandama Chow wrote in a letter to the Guinean Olympic Committee chair.
However, the decision, taken just two days after the opening ceremony in Tokyo, was backed by a source who insisted that “the ministry cannot pay the costs.”
Guinea, who has never won a medal in 11 appearances at the Olympics, has been told by the Guinean media that the withdrawal is more financial than health-related.
The five strongest teams are Fatou Mata Yari Kamara (freestyle wrestling), Mamatu Samba Ba (judo), Fatou Mata Lamarana Toure and Mamato Tahiro Ba (swimming) and Isata Dean Conte (athlete, women’s 100m).
North Korea announced in April that it would not participate in the Tokyo Olympics to “protect” its athletes from any danger associated with the corona virus infection.
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