Guinea reverse its decision to pull out of Tokyo Olympics

After a discussion with the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Guinea has decided to reverse its decision to pull out of the Tokyo Olympics.

The small african nation will now send its five-member contingent to the Tokyo after initially pulling out of the showpiece event, citing spike in Covid-19 cases.

Earlier, North Korea had announced in April that it would not attend Tokyo 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Guinea has competed in 11 Olympic Games. It had sent five athletes to the previous edition held in Rio in 2016.

The showpiece event got underway in Tokyo this morning while the opening ceremony will be held later this evening.

However, due to Covid-19, a limited number of participants will be seen participating in the showpiece event with the number of officials restricted to six.

For India, ace boxer MC Mary Kom and men’s hockey captain Manpreet Singh will be the flag-bearers at the opening ceremony.

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