Published On: Sun, Mar 22nd, 2020

Tokyo 2020 Olympics in severe doubt as Team Canada withdraws due to coronavirus fears | Other | Sport

In a statement, the Canadian Olympic Committee confirmed it hadn’t taken the decision lightly, but felt it was the correct course of action.

The statement read: “The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC), backed by their Athletes’ Commissions, National Sports Organizations and the Government of Canada, have made the difficult decision to not send Canadian teams to the Olympic and Paralympic Games in the summer of 2020.

“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.

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