Canada will not send a team to the Olympic Games
Over the weekend, the Canadian Olympic Committee made the tough but correct decision to pull out of the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. Despite crushing a few dreams, the move was met by complete support from athletes and Canadians across the nation, which says a lot about the fight we are in against COVID-19 as well as the spirit of our country.
For instance, Alannah Yip, who had just recently qualified for the games in sport climbing, was straightforward in her message on social media, saying "this pandemic is bigger than sport."
The move from the COC came on the heels of an announcement from the International Olympic Committee stating that it would not cancel the Games but left room for a possible postponement.
"We are thankful to the IOC for its assurance that it will not be cancelling the Tokyo 2020 Games and appreciative that it understands the importance of accelerating its decision-making regarding a possible postponement," read the COC statement posted on its website and on social media. "We also applaud the IOC for acknowledging that safeguarding the health and wellness of nations and containing the virus must be our paramount concern. We are in the midst of a global health crisis that is far more significant than sport."
Canada's move was followed by Australia, which will not be sending athletes to the Games and has requested a postponement.
The combined moves of the two countries, led by Canada, could be enough to convince the IOC to postpone the Games. If so, we should expect an announcement in the near future.