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Youth Olympics Ebola: 3 Athletes From Affected Countries Can't Compete

By    |   Friday, 15 Aug 2014 11:14 AM

The Youth Olympics in China have barred three teenage athletes from Ebola-stricken countries from competing, the International Olympic Committee announced Friday.

The Associated Press reported that the decision was made after consulting the World Health Organization to help prevent the spread of the deadly virus that has killed more than 1,000 people in the West African nations of Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Nigeria.

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"We have been reassured by the health authorities that there have been no suspected cases and that the risk of infection is extremely unlikely," said joint statement from the IOC and local Chinese organizers.

A female Nigerian wrestler, a female judo athlete, and a male swimmer from Guinea won't be allowed to compete, however, as there is an "inability to completely exclude the risk of potential infection" during combat and aquatic events.

The statement made clear that the three athletes, all 16 years old, will be invited to future games. Delegations from the four affected countries are still welcome to attend the games, and the countries' respective flags will still be flown throughout the games.

"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," said the committee.

The Games are expected to draw more than 3,000 athletes between the ages of 15 and 18 to compete in 28 sports.

The Youth Olympic Games kick off Saturday in Nanjing.

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