Guinea, which was to send a delegation of five athletes to the Olympic Games in Tokyo (July 23 – August 8), decided to cancel its participation on Wednesday because of the Covid-19. “Due to the resurgence of variants of Covid-19”, the government, “Anxious to preserve the health of Guinean athletes, decided with regret the cancellation of the participation of Guinea” at the Tokyo Games, wrote the Minister of Sports, Sanoussy Bantama Sow, in a letter addressed to the president of the Guinean Olympic Committee, which AFP was able to consult.
A source close to the government of Conakry for his part mentioned financial problems to justify the abandonment of this poor West African country two days before the official opening ceremony on Friday evening. “The file was overcharged, that’s why the ministry cannot pay”, a source close to the government told AFP, on condition of anonymity, without further details. The Guinean press evoked Wednesday evening problems of unpaid premiums.
Guinea, which has never won a medal in 11 appearances at the Olympic Games, was to send to Tokyo Fatoumata Yarie Camara (freestyle wrestling), Mamadou Samba Bah (judo), Fatoumata Lamarana Touré and Mamadou Tahirou Bah (swimming) and Aïssata Deen Conté (Athletics). Before Guinea, North Korea had announced in April that it would not participate in the Tokyo Olympics for ” protect »His athletes from any risk related to the coronavirus pandemic.