Olympic Notes: Nigeria, Sierra Leone Withdraw From YOG Due To Ebola Outbreak
Nigeria and Sierra Leone "have both withdrawn from the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing because of the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa." West African countries "have been under pressure from Chinese authorities." Nigeria "has withdrawn in protest at how it's been treated in China" (NEWSTALK ZB, 8/14). ... With only a day remaining to send entries for the Incheon Asian Games, the Olympic Council of Asia as well as the Indian Olympic Association on Wednesday said that "they would make a last-ditch effort to ensure the Indian cricket teams' participation at the Games." The Board of Control for Cricket in India "did not field both the men's and women's cricket teams at the Guangzhou Games four years ago and it is unlikely they would send teams to the Incheon Games starting next month." But the Indian Olympic bosses "are optimistic that they might be able to convince BCCI in time" (TIMES OF INDIA, 8/14).