Team Canada Will Not Send Athletes To 2020 Summer Games Due To Coronavirus Risks
TORONTO – The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC), as well as the backing from their Athletes’ Commissions, National Sports Organizations and the Government of Canada have decided to not send Canadian teams to the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo, Japan in the 2020 Summer Olympics.
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 Summer Games for one year.
They will offer them full support in helping navigate all the complexities that rescheduling the Summer Games will bring.
“While we recognize the inherent complexities around a postponement, nothing is more important than the health and safety of our athletes and the world community,” the COC and CPC said in their statement.
BREAKING: The Canadian Olympic Committee and Canadian Paralympic Committee will refuse to send athletes to the Tokyo Olympics if the event is not postponed.The 2020 Games are currently set to begin on July 24. News release: pic.twitter.com/NT8twsqAXI
— CBC News Alerts (@CBCAlerts) March 23, 2020
The Canadian Soccer account on Twitter sent out their support for the country on missing the 2020 Summer Olympics if the Games are not postponed.
Canada Soccer supports the @teamcanada and @CDNParalympics call for the International Olympic Committee to postpone the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games @Olympics to protect the health & safety of our players, staff and their families. https://t.co/6ILZ59fnnk
— Canada Soccer (@CanadaSoccerEN) March 23, 2020
he IOC will look at postponing the Tokyo Olympics during four weeks of talks announced Sunday amid mounting criticism by athletes and sports officials during the coronavirus pandemic.
Consultation with Japanese public authorities, global sports officials, broadcasters and sponsors will deal with “scenario planning” for the July 24-Aug. 9 games, the International Olympic Committee said.
This includes “the scenario of postponement,” the IOC said in a statement, adding “cancellation is not on the agenda.”
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