Guinea has announced its withdrawal from the Tokyo Olympics due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
This was made known in a letter by the Country’s Minister of Sports, Sanoussy Bantama Sow and addressed to the president of the Guinean Olympic Committee.
“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,” Sow wrote.
A total of five athletes were set to represent the west African nation at the Games which are due to open tomorrow against the backdrop of the global health crisis
However, there are reports that the decision to withdraw the team is to due to financial restrictions, with a source close to the Government claiming “the Ministry cannot pay”
Local media in the country has also claimed the withdrawal was financial rather than health-related for Guinea, which has never won a medal in 11 appearances at the Olympics.
Wrestler Fatoumata Yarie Camara, judoka Mamadou Samba Bah, swimmers Fatoumata Lamarana Toure and Mamadou Tahirou Bah and sprinter Aissata Deen Conte were due to compete for Guinea at Tokyo 2020.