Ebola scare leads to West African athletes being banned from World Youth Olympics
August 16 , 2014
The International Olympic Committee (IOC), in a precautionary measure, has banned three athletes from West Africa from participating in the World Youth Olympics being held in Nanjing, China from 16 to 28 August. Over 700 junior athletes have arrived in Nanjing to participate in these games.
The Ebola epidemic in West Africa has resulted in the deaths of over a 1,000 people by now. The IOC, in an attempt to prevent any spread of the deadly virus, has said athletes from West Africa cannot participate in contact sports, including swimming and combat events.
The IOC and the Nanjing Youth Olympic Games Organizing Committee released a statement saying "We regret that due to this issue some young athletes may have suffered twice, both from the anguish caused by the outbreak in their home countries and by not being able to compete in the Youth Olympic Games".
In a goodwill gesture the IOC offered that flags of the countries to which these athletes belong could be brought into the stadium and hoisted at the event venues.
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