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Ottawa, Mar 23 (Canadian-Media): Amid growing concerns of COVID19 pandemic spread, it was said by Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) that they won't send athletes to compete at the Tokyo 2020 Games, if games proceed as scheduled on July 24, media reports said.
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COC and CPC said that the difficult decision not to let Canadian teams to participate in Tokyo 2020 Games was Backed by the Athletes' Commissions, National Sport Organizations and the Government of Canada.
International Olympic Committee is being called by COC and CPC to postpone the Games for a year.
"This is not solely about athlete health — it is about public health," the committees said in a statement Sunday night.
Following the announcement by the Canadian committees, Australia's chef de mission, Ian Chesterman, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, also said they were in favor the decision of postponement.
Seyi Smith, chair of the Canadian Olympic Committee Athletes' Commission, said the decision will not only ensure people's safety, but will also ensure Canada has the best competitive team.
In a separate letter sent to Olympic athletes, IOC president Thomas Bach offered assurances that that finalizing of these discussions would be complete in next four weeks.
Marc-André Fabien, president of the Canadian Paralympic Committee, said the health of the global committee is the priority.
Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault said the decision is the right thing to do under the circumstances.