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 proceed 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.
“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”.
Seyi Smith, chair of the Canadian Olympic Committee Athletes’ Commission, said the decision will ensure people are safe — and will also ensure Canada has the best competitive team.