Team SA withdraws from Youth Games after Covid-19 cases

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Team SA boxers at the Youth Games. (Photo: @TeamSA2020/Twitter)
Team SA boxers at the Youth Games. (Photo: @TeamSA2020/Twitter)

Team SA has made the immediate decision to withdraw themselves from the African Union Sports Council (AUSC) Region 5 Youth Games, held in Maseru, Lesotho, as a result of increasing Covid-19 cases at the games.

In a statement on Tuesday, Team SA announced their exit from the competition with "immediate effect".

"After a thorough assessment of the situation, including consultation where required, the team management have decided to return the squad to South Africa," the statement read.

Squad members from Team SA have also tested positive for the virus but, according to the statement, these have been well contained and limited.

"The safety of our athletes is of paramount importance and we don’t want to run the risk of having any more of our athletes becoming affected."

Despite declaring their immediate withdrawal, Wednesday will be the last day that Team SA will compete. Wednesday will see a netball final against Malawi, two tennis semi-finals for the boys and girls singles, and seven boxers fighting for gold.

The games so far had been fruitful for Team SA as the southernmost team had collected 15 gold medals (11 swimming, 4 gymnastics ), 11 silver (9 swimming, 2 gymnastics), and 6 bronze (4 swimming , 2 taekwondo). 

The ninth edition of the Region 5 Youth Games began on 3 December and is scheduled to conclude on 12 December.

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