Youth Olympics bar 3 African athletes due to Ebola concerns

The 2014 Youth Olympics begin this weekend in Nanjing, China. Unfortunately for three athletes, they will be barred from competing in the games due to the Ebola outbreak.

Competitors from Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria will be tested regularly throughout the 13-day event to ensure there are no dangers, according to a release from the International Olympic Committee and Nanjing Youth Olympic Games Organizing Committee.

The full statement can be read here.

For the Youth Olympics, the following health guidelines have been put into place:

Together we have developed a policy which balances the health needs of all, with respect for the rights of the young athletes from the region:

  • The organizing committee has made it clear that all delegations are welcome to the Games and each country is free to take their own decision on attendance.

  • Those from the region will be subject to regular temperature and physical assessment throughout the period.

  • Based on health authority guidelines it has been decided that athletes from affected areas will not compete in combat sports. (2 athletes)

  • Additionally, based on the inability to completely exclude the risk of potential infection it was also decided that no athletes from the region would compete in the pool.(1 athlete)

  • In accordance with WHO guidelines the Chinese authorities are fully prepared should any outbreak occur.

The games will kick off Saturday morning with the Opening Ceremony.

Kendall Yount, a 16-year-old taekwondo athlete, will be the flag bearer for the United States during the Parade of Nations.

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