The full Sierra Leone delegation who went to the Olympic games in Tokyo Japan in batches are expected to be in Japan today Friday July 23rd to be part of the opening ceremony which will go on without any march pass.
According to Chef de mission for the Sierra Leone delegation Unisa Deen Kargbo the second set of the Sierra Leone delegation to the Olympics in Tokyo has safely arrived on Thursday 22nd July 2021 which included the Minister of Sports Ibrahim Nyalenkeh; Executive Director of NSA, Dr Kenneth Brima; NOC Secretary General, Joseph Nyande and Team Covid Laision Officer Prince Swallay.
He stated that in the athlete village he has also received the Judo athlete Frederick Harris and one of the coaches Abu Bakarr Conteh. Another delegation will join the team on the night of the Opening Ceremony on July 23rd.
According to the Play Book, athlete’s arrivals were scheduled according to their events, Five days before competition. This is why at the opening ceremony only Fredrick Harris will be the athlete that will represent Sierra Leone. All other athletes are due to arrive after the 23rd simply because of the Five Days to Event Arrival Policy.
At the moment Sierra Leone is expected to compete in Judo, Athletics, Swimming, Wrestling (wild Card Hopeful) and Para Sports.
A further update on the members of the Sierra Leone delegation will be shared as and when they complete registration and Covid procedures
For Sierra Leone they will be competing in Swimming by Tity Dumbuya and Joshua Wyse in Athletics by Margaret Barrie, and Judo by Frederick Harris which is the first time for Sierra Leone to qualify in Judo in the Olympic games.
The athletics events begin on Friday 30th July, with 10 days of action culminating with the men’s marathon, which ends on the final day in Tokyo, Sunday 8th August. The women’s 100m final is on Saturday 31st July, and the men follow on Sunday 1st August.
The swimming events run from Saturday 24th July to Sunday 1st August, then attention moves to the velodrome for seven days of track cycling events from Monday 2nd. The closing ceremony begins at 8pm Tokyo time on Sunday 8th August.
According to information during the games everybody including athletes will be checked until the end of the games and data collected by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) shows that as of 21 July, a total of 91 Covid cases had been recorded since 1st July linked to the Olympic.
This includes not just athletes, but also employees of the Olympics organising committee, of national committees and contractors and others employees and volunteers working on the games, as well as members of the media.
The majority of the cases are among Japanese contractors working at Olympic sites. However, some athletes have also tested positive.
There are strict Covid safety rules in place inside venues for both competitors and officials, and athletes and others are being tested daily.