Canada not sending athletes to 2020 Olympics

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There’s been a lot of debate and questions about what should happen to the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics. For the longest time the officials in Japan have been determined to proceed with the Olympics in the month of July. But recently we just heard for the first time that they are contemplating postponing the games and will make a final determination on that sometime by mid April (I personally think they will make this decision in the next week).

Well, now we are seeing Canada be very proactive when it comes to protecting their athletes and staff. They just announced that they will not be participating in the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics.

The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC), backed by their Athletes’ Commissions, National Sports Organizations and the Government of Canada, have made the difficult decision to not send Canadian teams to the Olympic and Paralympic Games in the summer of 2020.  

The COC is requesting the International Olympic Committee to postpone the games until 2021. They state that this is more than just a health issue for the athletes but for the public at large since these athletes have to commit lots of time to training before the games begin.

I think postponing the games for one year makes the most sense based on the alternatives that I have seen. As much as I’d love to watch the Olympics on TV this summer, I would rather the athletes have crowds to perform in front of and I think that is just not going to be doable this year. Plus it will be cool to have the Summer Olympics one year before the Winter Olympics.

I’ve got a feeling that we will be getting some more updates on the Olympic games very quickly.

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