The Olympic Committees of Canada and Australia have announced their withdrawal from the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. On the evening of the 22nd local time, the Canadian Olympic Committee and the Paralympic Committee issued a statement calling for the Tokyo Olympic Games to be postponed for a year, otherwise, Canada will not send athletes to participate.
Canada’s two Olympic committees called on the IOC, the International Commission on The Disabled and the World Health Organization to postpone the Tokyo Games by one year, the statement said.
It is understood that this statement has been supported by the Canadian Athletes’ Council, national sports organizations and the Government of Canada.
Later, the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) also said the Australian team “cannot assemble” for the Games this summer in preparation for 2021 in light of the changing situation at home and abroad.
As the outbreak has intensified around the world, Japan has also changed its attitude. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told the Senate Budget Committee today that if it cannot be held in its entiree format, it will have to consider an extension.
The Tokyo Organizing Committee has begun planning for a possible postponement of the Games,media reported yesterday.
IOC President Bach: Postponing the Olympics is an extremely complex challenge
For now, the IOC is still holding the Tokyo Olympics as scheduled in July. On March 22nd, ioc president Bach also posted a “letter to athletes” on official social media, saying he had united everyone in the unprecedented crisis. ‘We are in a dilemma: the cancellation of the Games will shatter the dreams of 11,000 athletes from 206 national Olympic committees and refugee teams, ‘ the letter read, stressing that canceling the Games will not solve any problems or help anyone, so it is not on our agenda. It now appears that we have seen improvements in many countries as a result of the stringent measures taken by States.
Mr Bach said postponing the Olympics was an extremely complex challenge, in contrast to other sporting events. Further study of the different situations will therefore require the full commitment and cooperation of the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee and the Japanese authorities, as well as all international federations and national Olympic committees, all stakeholders. The 2020 Summer Olympics are scheduled to be held in Tokyo, Japan, in July 2020.