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By Chris Oddo | @TheFanChild | Sunday March 22, 2020

The push to postpone the 202O Tokyo Olympic Games is growing.

Canada announced that it would not send its athletes to the Games unless they were postponed to 2021, citing its desire to protect the health of its athletes.

“This is not solely about athlete health–it is about public health,” the Canadian Olympic Committee said in a statement. “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.”

Canada is the first nation to make the decision to pull its athletes out. Other nations have made strong statements, such as Brazil, Norway and Slovenia, so expect more to follow in the weeks to come.

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On Sunday, the International Olympic Committee announced that it will make a decision whether to postpone the 2020 Tokyo Games at some point in the next four weeks. Shinzo Abe, Japan’s Prime Minister, is coming under great pressure to with the Games four months away as many of the world’s athletes are unable to continue training due to the spread of the pandemic across the globe.

As of Sunday night, there are over 335,000 confirmed cases of the Coronavirus--the Olympics are scheduled to begin July 24 and run through Aug. 9.


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