Canada is the first nation to withdraw from the Tokyo 2020 Olympics amid pandemic COVID-19 | News of the Tokyo Olympics
Opposition to hosting the Games in July has increased dramatically in the past 48 hours, with several major stakeholders including United States Athletics and United Kingdom Athletics, along with several national Olympic committees, calling for a delay due to the pandemic.
More than 13,000 people have died worldwide since the coronavirus outbreak began.
“The COC and the CPC urgently request 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 our full support to help them navigate for all the complexities that the rescheduling of the Games will bring, “the committees said in a statement.
“While we recognize the complexities inherent in a delay, nothing is more important than the health and safety of our athletes and the global community,” he added.
The IOC said on Sunday it would hold discussions that would include an option to delay the start date of July 24 or even move the Games for a year or more due to the global outbreak of coronavirus, but said that canceling the Games would not solve problems or help. . anyone.
The withdrawal from Canada will add to mounting pressure on the IOC to alter the schedule after criticism from a large number of current and former athletes with health problems.
The Olympic Games have never been postponed or canceled during peacetime, but the IOC decision to consider even the postponement was greeted with relief by several major stakeholders, including World Athletics, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and the main national Olympic committees.