EBOLA: West African Athletes at Commonwealth Games Don’t Want to Return Home
Several Sierra Leone athletes skipped their events at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow this week.
One African cyclist was tested for the deadly virus.
Sierra Leone athletes march at the Commonwealth Games.
Cyclist Moses Sesay was tested twice for the disease.
He finished last in his race.
Many of the African athletes are afraid to return back home worried they may catch the Ebola virus.
Bella Naija reported:
A few Sierra Leonean athletes at the on going Commonwealth Games are running away so as not to return to their country amid the Ebola outbreak.
Recently, mountain biking champion Mohammed Tholley “vanished” from the competition in a bid not to return home. But the chef de mission of the country’s team Unisa Deen Kargbo claims he knows his whereabouts.
Kargbo tells the Times that the athletes are scared to return home amid fears they will be struck down by the killer disease.
A good number of the athletes have failed to turn up for four separate events, sparking fears that more of them could go missing.
“Many people are thinking whether or not to go home now. Everybody is worried and many of them don’t want to go home now because of the Ebola.
We have held several meetings with them, but they are still worried. This virus is spreading around our country and everyone is at risk of catching it.” Kargbo said and promised to investigate athletes who had not turned up at the various events.
On Friday 1st August 2014, Sierra Leone withdrew from the 4×400 men’s and women’s relay race as well as the men’s 4×100 men’s.
According to the Daily Mail, the drama in the Sierra Leone camp began when 32 year old cyclist Moses Sesay admitted to a Glasgow hospital and tested for various conditions including Ebola.