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Seychelles and Covid-19 – Olympic Athletes Return Home – 3rd Case Confirmed


Seychellois athletes who are training overseas are returning home as countries take more severe measures to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic across the globe, even as the island nation recorded its third case of the virus.

The secretary general of the Seychelles Olympic and Commonwealth Games Association, Alain Alcindor, told SNA on Monday that two athletes have already returned.

Swimmer Felicity Passon arrived in Seychelles from Pretoria, South Africa on Sunday; sprinter Ned Azemia has returned from the United States.

Arrangements are being made for high jumper Lissa Labiche who is currently in the United States and sailor Rodney Govinden in Portugal.

Alcindor said that due to the COVID-19 pandemic many Olympic qualification competitions are being postponed.

“This is disrupting the international training programmes of our athletes while those preparing locally are doing fine so far,” said Alcindor.

Boxer Keddy Agnes is expected to make another attempt to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in a competition in Paris, France in May.

“For the time being, we are not sure if this will go ahead. Many competitions which are being organised later have not been cancelled while others scheduled for March and April have been postponed indefinitely,” he added.

The secretary general told SNA that usually qualification for athletics and swimming are opened until June.