Olympic and Paralympic committees, Canada made a statement in which he declared that refuse participation in the upcoming summer Olympic games 2020 in Tokyo due to the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19.
“We jointly with the government, the Commission of athletes and sports federations of the country took the difficult decision not to send athletes to the Olympic and Paralympic games in Tokyo,” – the press-service of the Olympic Committee of Canada.
the statement Also said that the canadian Olympic Committee urged the international Olympic Committee (IOC) to move the summer Games for the year: “Ready to provide any assistance in resolving difficulties that entail the decision.”
Earlier, the Vice-President of the organizing Committee of the Olympic games 2020 Toshiaki Endo said that his organization is making all efforts to make the Olympics take place in time.
Olympics in Tokyo must go from 24 July to 9 August. However, the coronavirus pandemic could disrupt the Games. The government of Japan is in no hurry to cancel or reschedule the competition, and the head of the IOC Thomas Bach is optimistic about the prospect of holding the Games as scheduled.
Recall, the outbreak of pneumonia caused by a coronavirus, a new type was recorded in the Chinese city of Wuhan at the end of 2019. To date, the virus has spread to 192 countries and territories. Cases it is already about 338 thousand people, of which 14.6 thousand died.