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Fear of Ebola Alters Youth Olympic Games

Students of Shaolin Tagou Martial Arts School are suspended in mid-air as they rehearse for the 2014 Youth Olympic Games' opening ceremony in Naning, China, Aug. 9, 2014.
Students of Shaolin Tagou Martial Arts School are suspended in mid-air as they rehearse for the 2014 Youth Olympic Games' opening ceremony in Naning, China, Aug. 9, 2014.
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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. It’s impossible to rule out the risk of potential infection, the IOC and the Nanjing Youth Olympic Games Organizing Committee said in a joint statement.

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The rules will prevent a total of three athletes from the region from competing in those events, the statement said.

Athletes from the affected region competing in other sports will undergo regular temperature checks and physical assessments throughout the games, which begin Saturday, the two committees said.

“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,” the IOC and organizers said.

The death toll from the world's worst outbreak of Ebola stood Wednesday at 1,069, the majority of them in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, the World Health Organization said.

The Youth Olympics in China, running Aug. 16-28, are the second summer edition of an event first hosted in 2010 to shore up support for the Olympics and win over a new generation of fans and athletes.

The event is also seen as a useful testing ground for new events and/or sports that can gradually be integrated into the Olympic Games.

Just under 700 athletes will take part in the competitions. 

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by: yataro from: Japan
August 15, 2014 11:08 AM
I am so sorry to read this article because the young athlete can't join the competition which must be the thing that they really wanted to join. We should help diminish the outbreak. Japanese company could make the medicine to cure the disease according to News. The stock price of the company is getting higher lately. Japanese government should help them with making the period of approve for medicine shorter. It must be good thing for both people in Africa and economy in Japan.

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