Tokyo Olympics: Guinea reverses Games exit after rapid U-turn

Tokyo Olympics: Guinea reverses Games exit after rapid U-turn

Guinea’s government asked their delegations not to attend the Games a day before but has reversed its decision to withdraw from the Tokyo Olympics. On Wednesday, Sports Minister Sanoussy Bantama Sow showed his concern over a recent rise of COVID-19 variants.

Sow added that they were simply caring about the life of their Guineans and it was not a question about the finances. They had a conversation with the Tokyo organizers and were assured about the safety of their athletes. On 21st July, the statement which was issued by Sow announced Guinea’s late withdrawal which came with the small delegation yet to fly.

Asia News stated that the delegation of Guinea includes five competitors-one apiece in athletics, wrestling, and judo while two are the swimmers. Mariama Toure is one of the delegations who are first in the action to race in the women’s 100m breaststroke heats on Sunday with judoka Mamadou Samba.

If this withdrawal lasted then Guinea’s country would have been the second time a country withdrew from the delayed Games. The first country was North Korea which pulled out in April citing the concern over COIVID-19.