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Canada not sending athletes to Tokyo 2020 Summer Games

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Shady Salah – Media in Toronto
Canada has decided not to send its athletes to the Olympic and Paralympic Games this summer in Japan unless the games are postponed by a year.
The Canadian Olympic Committee and Canadian Paralympic Committee issued joint statements on Sunday March 22, 2020 saying that they refuse to send their teams to Tokyo unless their respective Games are pushed back a year. The COC and CPC urgently call on the International Olympic Committee (IOC), and 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.
“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,” according to the joint statement. “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. In fact, it runs counter to the public health advice which we urge all Canadians to follow.”
“We also applaud the IOC for acknowledging that safeguarding the health and wellness of nations and containing the virus must be our paramount concern. We are in the midst of a global health crisis that is far more significant than sport.”
The Tokyo Olympics are scheduled to start July 24 with the Paralympics slated to follow on Aug. 25.

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