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SBD Global/August 18, 2014/Olympics

Olympic Notes: Nigeria Pulls Out Of Youth Olympic Games Due To Ebola

Nigeria "has decided to pull out of the Nanjing Youth Olympic Games on Saturday after the other two West African countries Sierra Leone and Liberia had already withdrawn from the Games a day earlier due to the spread of deadly virus Ebola in the region." IOC President Thomas Bach "confirmed the withdrawal." Bach: "Two NOCs (Sierra Leone and Liberia) decided together with their government to not come here. We have to respect the decision of the government in such a difficult moment for their country. We also have been informed that the team of Nigeria wants to go home" (XINHUA, 8/16). ... Former IOC President Jacques Rogge said that Beijing "will do a 'very good job' if it wins the right to host the 2022 Winter Olympic Games." Rogge said that the Chinese people "have the capability of organizing any big event" (XINHUA, 8/15).
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