The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is cornered by the coronavirus and by the pressure that different sports authorities have exerted for what Tokyo 2020 is not celebrated on the scheduled dates, next July. The highest Olympic body has already openly considered a postponement, which will decide in four weeks, and countries like Canada and Australia. They have assured that they will not send athletes if the current calendar is maintained.
Canadians have been the first to erase themselves from the Summer Olympic and Paralympic event: “The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and the Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) urgently urge 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 rescheduling the Games, ”they explain in a statement.
“The COC and the CPC urgently urge the IOC and IPC and WHO to postpone the Games for a year” Message from the Canadian Olympic Committee.
The organization of the American country explains that first of all “the health and safety of our athletes and the world community is more important”. Like Canada, the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) has decided not to send any athletes to the Tokyo Games if they are to be held in 2020 and have instructed their athletes to prepare for 2021.
“The AOC believes that our athletes now need to prioritize their own health and that of those around them and to be able to return to their families,” said the statement from the ocean organization, in addition to indicating the problems to “gather a team” in the context of a current health crisis, with different restrictions in various countries.
“We are now in a position where we cannot plan with greater certainty,” said Matt Carroll, executive director of the AOC. The same position was defended by Ian Chesterman, mission chief of the Australian team for the Tokyo Games: “The stress and uncertainty have been too strong for the athletes.”