Canada Wont Be Participating at Tokyo Olympics This Summer

Canada wont participate in the Tokyo Olympics or Paralympics—at least this summer.

The Canadian Olympic Committee and Canadian Paralympic Committee issued joint statements on March 22 saying that they refuse to send their teams to Tokyo unless their respective Games are pushed back a year.

The Tokyo Olympics are currently scheduled to start July 24 and the Paralympics are slated to follow on Aug. 25.

“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,” reads the COCs statement.

A woman walks past Tokyo 2020 Olympics banners in Tokyo, Japan, on March 19, 2020. (Carl Court/Getty Images)

“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 COC and CPCs statements come amid a chorus of criticism aimed at the International Olympic Committees response to the COVIDRead More – Source