The alerts had already jumped in recent days due to the delays in the departure of the Guinean delegation
Guinea-Conakry confirmed on Wednesday its resignation to participate in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games for the covid-19 pandemic.
“The Government of the Republic of Guinea, anxious to preserve the health of Guinean athletes, decided with regret to cancel Guinea’s participation in the 32nd Olympiad scheduled in Tokyo,” said the Ministry of Sports in a statement collected by the Guinéenews portal.
The alerts had already jumped in recent days due to the delays in the departure of the Guinean delegation, although some members of the delegation were already in Japan.
Finally, it had been announced that they would fly this Tuesday, July 20, with very little margin for the recovery and acclimatization of the participants. However, the airline tickets were not issued either.
According to Guinéenews, this will be the third time that this West African country has not participated in an edition of the Olympic Games, along with Munich 1972 and Montreal 1976.
The Guinean Olympic team was made up of the athlete Aïssata Deen Conte; swimmers Mamadou Bah and Mariana Touré; 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 bonuses that corresponded to her, both for her participation in Tokyo and for her performance in previous sporting events.