Updated 07/22/2021 – 01:09
Guinea-Conakry confirmed this Wednesday its resignation to participate in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games due to the covid-19 pandemic.
“The Government of the Republic of Guinea, eager to preserve the health of Guinean athletes, decided with regret to cancel the participation of Guinea in the 32 Olympiad scheduled in Tokyo, “said the Ministry of Sports in a statement collected by the Guinenews portal.
The alerts had already jumped in the last days due to the delays in the departure of the Guinean delegation, although some members of the delegation were already in Japan.
It had finally been announced that They will fly this Tuesday, July 20, with very little margin for the recovery and acclimatization of the participants.
Nevertheless, plane tickets were also not issued.
Guinea’s third absence in a Games
According to Guinenews, this be the third time that this West African country does not participate in an edition of the Olympic Games, along with Munich 1972 and Montreal 1976.
The Guinean Olympic team was composed of the athlete Assata Deen Conte; swimmers Mamadou Bah and Mariana Tour; the judoka Mamadou Samba Bah and the wrestler Fatoumata Camara.
In the case of the latter, she herself had already announced this week her resignation to participate in the Olympic event unless Guinea remedied the non-payment of premiums that correspond to her, both for her participation in Tokyo and for her performance in previous sporting events.