Guinea won’t be participating in the Olympics after all.
The African nation officially backed out of the Olympics, and cited the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic as its reasoning.
Bantama Sow, the Guinea Minister of Sports, wrote a letter explaining the move to the president of the Guinean Olympic committee on Wednesday.
While the country officially cited the pandemic, the AFP reported that funding for the athletes and the rest of the delegation was a significant issue, too. Funds for the delegation, , were only released “days before” the decision to withdraw.
Guinea was set to send five athletes to Tokyo — freestyle wrestler Fatoumata Yarie Camara, swimmers Mamadou Tahirou Bah and Fatoumata Lamarana Toure, runner Aissata Deen Conte and judo competitor Mamadou Samba Bah. The country has yet to win a medal in its 11 appearances.
The , and it has already impacted several American athletes. The United States women’s gymnastics team has its two alternates isolating after one of them tested positive earlier this week, and beach volleyball player Taylor Crabb tested positive and is now expected to return home to Hawaii.
The already lost Bradley Beal to the health and safety protocols, and had multiple others placed in protocols before they were allowed to travel with the team to Tokyo — including Jerami Grant and Zach LaVine. Tennis star , too, and withdrew from the games.
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