China tells athletes not to come owing to Ebola

Last updated 08:33 14/08/2014

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Sierra Leone's National Olympic Committee said its delegation for the upcoming youth games was asked not to travel to China because of an outbreak of Ebola.

The president of the committee, Patrick Coker, said the Chinese Embassy in Sierra Leone said the delegation ''might find themselves in a troubled and awkward situation once they get to China's port of entry''.

More than 1000 people have died in an Ebola outbreak in West Africa that has touched Sierra Leone, Guinea, Liberia and Nigeria. The outbreak has forced qualifiers for the Africa Cup of Nations to be moved from the affected countries.

The Youth Olympics began Saturday in Nanjing, China. The 12-day event featured more than 3000 athletes from around the world, from the ages of 15 to 18.

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