Guinea backs out due to virus fears
Guinea cancelled its participation in the Tokyo Olympics on Wednesday due to the Covid-19 pandemic, its sports minister announced.
However, a source close to the government said that the decision not to send the five-person team was because of financial constraints instead.
McKeown focuses on backstroke push
Australian swim sensation Kaylee McKeown has dropped the 200m individual medley at the Tokyo Olympics to focus on the backstroke and potential world records, team officials said yesterday.
The 20-year-old, who smashed American Regan Smith's 100m backstroke record last month, boasts the fastest medley time this year. But she concluded the schedule would be too taxing, and she will race in the 100m and 200m backstroke and the 4x100m mixed relay.
Russia's Borodin tests positive
Swimmer Ilya Borodin will miss the Olympics after testing positive for Covid-19, the Russian Swimming Federation said on Wednesday.
The 18-year-old, the men's 400m individual medley European champion, tested positive during a training camp in Vladivostok before departing for Japan. All other athletes returned negative tests.