Canada and Australia Pull Out of Tokyo Olympics as Coronavirus Continues

    The Canadian Olympic Committee announced on Sunday that the country won’t be participating in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics as COVID-19 continues to spread globally.

    COC, along with the Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) made the decision on March 22, urging the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to postpone the Games this year, according to a statement published by CBC News on Twitter.

    “The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC), backed by their Athletes’ Commissions, National Sports Organizations, and the Government of Canada, have made the difficult decision to not send Canadian teams to the Olympic and Paralympic Games in the summer of 2020,” the statement reads.

    “The COC and CPC urgently call on the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and World Health Organization (WHO) to postpone the Games for one year and we offer them our full support in helping navigate all the complexities that rescheduling the Games will bring. 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.”

    Canceling the Olympics “is not on the agenda,” according to IOC president, Thomas Bach. However, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Monday that postponing the Games is an option if the condition becomes “difficult,” South China Morning Post reported.

    IOC corporate communications and public affairs director Christian Klaue expressed IOC’s confidence in finalizing the scenario for planning the Games within the next four weeks in a tweet posted on Monday.

    The IOC has also set a four-week deadline to decide the fate of the Games this year following a meeting.

    After Canada, Australia became the second country to pull out of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics as its athletes were told to prepare for a 12-month postponement.

    The Australian Olympic Committee said it was impossible to assemble an Australian team for this summer as it called the coronavirus pandemic an “untenable situation.”

    This year’s Olympics is set to take place from July 24 to Aug. 9, followed by the Paralympics on Aug. 25 to Sept. 6.

    Feature Image via Getty

    Support our Journalism with a Contribution

    Many people might not know this, but despite our large and loyal following which we are immensely grateful for, NextShark is still a small bootstrapped startup that runs on no outside funding or loans.

    Everything you see today is built on the backs of warriors who have sacrificed opportunities to help give Asians all over the world a bigger voice.

    However, we still face many trials and tribulations in our industry, from figuring out the most sustainable business model for independent media companies to facing the current COVID-19 pandemic decimating advertising revenues across the board.

    We hope you consider making a contribution so we can continue to provide you with quality content that informs, educates and inspires the Asian community. Even a $1 contribution goes a long way.  Thank you for everyone's support. We love you all and can't appreciate you guys enough.

    Support NextShark

    Mastercard, Visa, Amex, Discover, Paypal