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CANADA WON'T SEND ATHLETES TO THE 2020 OLYMPICS

TIM TUCKER
MARCH 23, 2020  ·  9H08
Olympic athletes in Canada have announced they won't be going to the Summer Olympics in Tokyo unless the games are postponed for at least a year. The Canadian Olympic Committee and Canadian Paralympic Committee issued joint statements Sunday evening.

“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 said in its 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.”

The games in Tokyo are slated to start July 24th and, so far, the Japanese government has been adamant that it won't postpone. However, should more countries come forward saying it won't send athletes, it may not have a choice.



Six-time Olympian Hayley Wickenheiser, who serves on the International Olympic Committee’s athletes commission, believes the majority of athletes support the decision of the COC and the CPC.

“I think in this country athletes today made a very unselfish decision,” Wickenheiser said.

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