The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) say they won’t send athletes to compete at the Tokyo Games — set to begin July 24 — if they go ahead as scheduled.
Backed by the Athletes’ Commissions, National Sport Organizations and the Government of Canada, the COC and CPC say they “made the difficult decision to not send Canadian teams to the Olympic and Paralympic Games in the summer of 2020.”
The two committees are calling on the International Olympic Committee to postpone the Games for a year, citing the safety of athletes and the general public amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
“This is not solely about athlete health — it is about public health,” the committees said in a statement Sunday night.
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