The 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo are in doubt after Canada decided to withdraw its athletes. Canada is the first major country to withdraw from the games due to fears of the recent coronavirus outbreak.
Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe announced for the first time that the games could be postponed to a later date. This became Canada’s cue to discontinue its athletes from training for the games to begin on July 24th.
The Australian team also made it clear that the games could not go ahead. Australian athletes were told to prepare for 2021 games.
Canada’s committee responsible for Olympics and Paralympics said they decided this after consulting athletes and sports bodies. As well as the Canadian government itself. Canada then called on the IOC, International Paralympic Committee and the WHO to postpone the games.
‘’While we recognize the inherent complexities around a postponement, nothing is more important than the health and safety of our athletes and the world community,’’ their statement said.
The Canadian team posted a message on their twitter later on which read, ‘’Postpone today, conquer tomorrow.’’
As of Sunday, the IOC set an ultimatum of four weeks to come up with a decision regarding the 2020 Olympics. The postponing the games is considered, but cancelling will not solve any problem or help anybody.