IOC bars Ebola-region athletes from some
events in Youth Games
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[August 15, 2014]
ZURICH (Reuters) - The International
Olympic Committee (IOC) said on Friday it was prohibiting young athletes
from the Ebola-affected region of West Africa from participating in
certain events at the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China.
Athletes from West Africa, where authorities are battling an
outbreak of the Ebola virus, will not be allowed to compete in
combat sports or in the swimming pool, as it is impossible to rule
out the risk of potential infection, the IOC and the Nanjing Youth
Olympic Games Organising Committee said in a joint statement.
The rules will prevent three athletes from the region from competing
in those events, the statement said.
Those from the affected region competing in other sports will
undergo regular temperature checks and physical assessments
throughout the games, which begin on Saturday, the two committees
The death toll from the world's worst outbreak of Ebola stood on
Wednesday at 1,069, the majority of them in Guinea, Sierra Leone and
Liberia, the World Health Organisation said.
(Reporting by Alice Baghdjian; Editing by Kevin Liffey)
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