Canada Refuses to Send Athletes to the Tokyo Olympics 2020, Fate of the Games is Uncertain

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Canada won’t participate in Tokyo Olympics until the COVID-19 is over. The COC (Canadian Olympic Committee) released a statement on March 22, declaring their difficult decision to pull out. Athletes, national sports organizations and the Government of Canada urged the International Olympic Committee to postpone the event until 2021.

Earlier that day the Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe expressed his concerns about the fate of Tokyo 2020. He added that the postponement of the Games was a strong possibility.

The IOC (International Olympic Committee) announced that cancellation of the Games is not an option. According to their COVID-19 task force experts, it is going to take up to four weeks to measure the impact of the virus and decide on the postponement. 

The opening ceremony for the Tokyo Olympics was supposed to take place on July 24, 2020. Right now Japan has 1,046 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 41 fatalities. 

 

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