Guinea says it has reversed its decision to withdraw from the Tokyo Olympics, a move that it had said was necessary because of worries over coronavirus.
The West African country in a letter addressed to the president of the Guinean Olympic Committee on Wednesday said its government, concerned with preserving the health of Guinean athletes, has decided to cancel Guinea’s participation in the tournament.
But in another statement on Thursday, the Country’s Sports Minister Sanoussy Bantama Sow announced that the government, after receiving assurances from the health authorities, is giving its agreement for the athletes to take part in the tournament.
Although, there have been rumors of financial challenges, the government insisted that it was only worried because of the resurgence of f Covid-19 variant that it made the decision to withdraw.
Guinea’s five-strong team comprises Fatoumata Yarie Camara (freestyle wrestling), Mamadou Samba Bah (judo), Fatoumata Lamarana Toure and Mamadou Tahirou Bah (swimming) and Aissata Deen Conte (athletics, women’s 100m).