Tokyo 2020 Olympics, Samoa withdraws weightlifting team: ‘Protecting the nation from virus’
Samoa weightlifting pick decided to abandon Tokyo 2020 due to Covid-19 restrictions: The advertisement comes from the country’s Olympic Committee. Samoa can have eleven athletes present at the Olympics, and now eight: the three who are ready for a weightlifting battle, as previously mentioned, will not be able to travel to Japan due to the state of emergency in the country.
We fully understand the rationale for the government’s decision, especially the need for it Protecting Samoa from the virus, especially the new mutation that is spreading around the world‘, he stated Patrick VipoliliPresident of the Samoa Sports Federation. Vipulay said Samoa will continue to be represented at the Olympics by other athletes based abroad. Between these two athletes in Australia, four are in New Zealand, one in the United States and one in Japan already. “When the Games are over, they will return to their bases abroad. No one will return to Samoa. Samoa, a country of about 200,000 people, is almost free of Covid: only one case has been recorded since the beginning of the pandemic.