" \\r\\n<br><p>\\n<h2 class=\\"intro\\">\\nGuinea has participated in the Olympics 11 times but has never won a medal. <\\\/h2>\\n<\\\/p><div id=\\"content-body-14269002-35469101\\">\\n<p> The African country of Guinea has pulled out of this year\\u2019s Olympics, keeping five athletes from competing at the Tokyo Games.<\\\/p><p> Minister of Sports Sanoussy Bantama Sow made the announcement in a letter on Wednesday addressed to the president of the Guinean Olympic committee, blaming the virus and its variants.<\\\/p><p>\\u201cDue to the resurgence of COVID variants, the government, concerned with preserving the health of Guinean athletes, has decided with regret to cancel Guinea\\u2019s participation in the 32nd Olympics scheduled for Tokyo,\\u201d the statement said.<\\\/p><p> Only days before the statement, Guinean Olympic committee secretary general Ben Daouda Nassoko told The <em>Associated Press<\\\/em> that funds had just been released for the delegation to go to Tokyo.<\\\/p><p>Fatoumata Yarie Camara, a freestyle wrestler, was one of the five athletes affected by the decision.<\\\/p><p>\\u201cThe question I ask myself is why has Guinea decided not to participate in the Olympic Games on the grounds of coronavirus when the organising country like Japan hasn\\u2019t cancelled these Games because of this sickness,\\u201d she told the <em>AP<\\\/em>.<\\\/p><p>\\u201cWhy? That\\u2019s what I ask myself and I still can\\u2019t find an answer.\\u201d The other Guinean athletes are swimmers Mamadou Tahirou Bah and Fatoumata Lamarana Toure, 100-meter runner Aissata Deen Conte and judo competitor Mamadou Samba Bah.<\\\/p><p>Guinea has participated in the Olympics 11 times but has never won a medal. North Korea is the only other country to have pulled out of the Tokyo Olympics, also citing concerns related to the coronavirus. <\\\/p>\\n<\\\/div>\\r\\n\\r\\n<br><a href=\\"https:\\\/\\\/www.thehindu.com\\\/sport\\\/other-sports\\\/guinea-pulls-out-of-tokyo-olympics-citing-coronavirus\\\/article35469101.ece\\">Source link <\\\/a>"