Robert: Canada will not send athletes to the 2020 Olympics due to COVID-19 concerns
Should the 2020 Olympic games go ahead this summer, you won’t see the red and white of the maple leaf flag among the competitors.
The Canadian Olympic Committee and Canadian Paralympic Committee issued joint statements Sunday evening proclaiming they refuse to send their teams to Tokyo unless their respective Games are postponed in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“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,” the committee said in a statement. “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 Tokyo Olympics are scheduled to start July 24th with the Paralympics slated to follow on August 25th.