Canada has pulled out of this summer’s Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Several athletes, sporting federations and fans have been calling on the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to postpone the games because of the coronavirus, which has killed over 14,600 people worldwide.
The virus caused many qualifying events to be postponed or cancelled in the last two months. Some athletes are unable to train due to the containment measures in their country.
The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC), in a statement, said they received the backing of the Athletes’ Commissions, National Sports Organizations and the Government of Canada to make “the difficult decision to not send Canadian teams” to Tokyo.
“The COC and CPC urgently call on the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to postpone the Games for one year and we offer them our full support in helping navigate all the complexities that rescheduling the Games will bring,” the release said.
“This is not solely about athlete health – it is about public health. With COVID-19 and the associated risks, it is not safe for our athletes, and the health and safety of their families and the broader Canadian community for athletes to continue training towards these Games,” the release continued.
“In fact, it runs counter to the public health advice which we urge all Canadians to follow.”
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