COVID-19: Malawian turns back on Olympics preps in Switzerland

Malawian athlete back from Switzerland over COVID 19

Malawian archer, Areneo David, 24, has had to return home from Switzerland due to the Covid-19 pandemic where he was preparing for the 2020 Olympics to take place in July.

David returned home through the Kamuzu International Airport on Friday and has been advised to be in isolation for 14 days.

Speaking in an interview, David said he will eventually go back to training after the isolation process, so as to keep track of his performance.

"I will eventually resume training, Tokyo 2020 is around the corner and I do not have enough time to train. I will resume intensive training soon after i finish the isolation process,” said David.

David is one of the Malawian athletes who benefited from the Olympic Solidarity Scholarship towards Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Switzerland is one of the countries most affected by the virus with more than 7,000 people tested positive.

There has been mounting pressure on Japan to postpone the games over the threat of the virus.

Canada has become the first country to withdraw its team from the Tokyo Olympics, increasing pressure on Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to delay an event he said for the first time on Monday could be postponed if it could not be held in its "complete form" because of the coronavirus pandemic.

After an emergency meeting on Sunday, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said it was stepping up its "scenario planning" for the 2020 Games due to start on July 24, which would include a possible postponement.