BREAKING: Canada will not send athletes to 2020 Olympics

The Canadian Olympic Committee has announced they will not be sending athletes to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, which are still planning on being held starting July 24th.

"The COC and CPC urgently call on the International Olympic Committee (IOC), 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 helping navigate all the complexities that rescheduling the Games will bring. 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 statement said.

The two Committees say this decision is not solely about athlete health, but that it is about public health as well.

"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. In fact, it runs counter to the public health advice which we urge all Canadians to follow."

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