EBOLA CRISIS FORCES NIGERIA, SIERRA LEONE OUT OF YOUTH OLYMPIC GAMES




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Nigeria and Sierra Leone on Thursday withdrew from the Youth Olympic GamesABUJA – Nigeria and Sierra Leone on withdrew from the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in Nanjing, China, due the outbreak of in West Africa.

According “Inside Games,” an news provider, Sierra Leone the first country pull following pressure from the Chinese authorities.

A few hours later they were joined by Nigeria, who withdrew her team in protest the way the country’s were stigmatised by the other and .

disclosed that Gbenga Elegbeleye, the Director-General of the National Sports Commission (NSC), said they were discriminated against because of the news of in the country.

“Nigerian were quarantined, isolated and barred from alongside from other countries since they arrived at the competition.

“And this happened over the news of virus in Nigeria, following this discrimination, we have resolved to pull from the Games,” said.

Nigeria’s contingent of 12 and five left the country on Aug. 11 for China to in three sports.

The country due to compete in athletics, beach volleyball and wrestling.

The publication added that more 1,000 people have died in the Ebola outbreak in West Africa that has touched Sierra Leone, Guinea, Liberia and Nigeria. [eap_ad_2] However, still unclear whether Guinea and Liberia would also be forced to withdraw.

The publication said that Patrick Coker, the President of NOC of Sierra Leone, claimed that the Chinese Embassy in Freetown had warned them about the Ebola situation.

“Because of the prevailing Ebola crisis in the West Africa, the NOC of Sierra Leone was advised by the Chinese Embassy in Sierra Leone.

“And the Ministry of Foreign Affairs that the delegation for Nanjing should ,” it quoted Coker as saying.

Sierra Leone’s delegation of 10 athletes and had - on Aug.11 for Nanjing where the Games are due to on Saturday Aug.16, when they were ordered to while still in transit.

They are now back in Freetown.

Among those who would miss on the chance of competing at the Games were the boys’ volleyball team who had qualified to represent Africa at the Games.

Sierra Leone had also been due to compete in swimming and weightlifting.

The outbreak has also forced qualifiers for the Africa Cup of to be moved from the affected countries. (NAN)[eap_ad_3]