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Olympics-Samoa withdraws weightlifters but other athletes to attend

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By Ian Ransom and Jonathan Barrett TOKYO (Reuters) – Samoa is withdrawing its weightlifting team from the Tokyo Games because of COVID-19 curbs, the chief of the Pacific nation’s Olympic committee said on Thursday, just over three weeks before the event starts, although other athletes will attend. The pullout is the latest setback for Japan’s fraught efforts to stage the world’s biggest sporting event during a pandemic, after it was delayed last year. The Games are set to begin on July 23. “The only team that cannot travel is the weightlifting team, which is based here in Samoa,” committee pre…

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