On Saturday, the African Union announced the exclusion of the team, on the pretext that a member of the Egyptian beach volleyball team, men, had contracted the Corona virus.
Aldor said toFilGoal.comAshraf Sobhi, Minister of Youth and Sports, made a strenuous effort over the course of 24 hours to save the situation, but the letter of the International Olympic Committee did not reach the African Union to agree to postpone the position of the qualifiers for the Tokyo 2020 Games until the Egyptian team worked for a new streak.
“The problem is with time, everything is on schedule, so it was difficult to postpone the final (in which Kenya beat Nigeria on Sunday),” he added.
And he continued, “The situation became more difficult after what happened to the Congo team a day before the tournament, an infection with the Corona virus was discovered and the regulation was applied by exclusion, then the cases in its ranks increased to six injuries. This confirmed the organizing committee’s view that a single infection would hit the entire team, because the virus may appear on the contacts after 5 days.
He concluded, “The CAF President was ready to postpone and sympathetic to Egypt because of the strength of the women’s team, which everyone testifies to be the best, but the only solution was the approval of the International Olympic Committee.”
The women’s team was supposed to meet its Nigerian counterpart on Saturday morning, but his exclusion shattered the women’s dream of participating in the Olympic Games.
With Kenyas victory over Nigeria on Sunday, the first qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Games.