The International Olympic Committee (IOC) delayed for a few days what is inevitable. After being closed on the idea of continuing to play the Tokyo Games from July 24 to August 9, the unanimous cry of Federations and athletes it took him four weeks to study the best possibility. In case he had little pressure, now he has received a little more: Australia and Canada say they will not send their athletes to the Games if they remain in 2020. “The Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Committee, backed by its Athletes Commissions, National Sports Organizations and the Government of Canada, have made the difficult decision not to send Canadian teams to the Olympic and Paralympic Games in the summer of 2020,” they say in a release. “Nothing is more important than the health and safety of our athletes. The world is facing a crisis and this is more important than any sporting event, ”the head of the Paralympic team told Reuters. And that the virus is far from widespread there as in Europe.
The North American country is not alone. Shortly after this statement Australia joined him. “The Australian Olympic Committee believes that our athletes now need to prioritize their own health and that of those around them, and be able to return to their families, in discussion with their national federations,” they added as an explanation for the resignation. Meanwhile, the IOC and the Organizing Committee are aware of the reality. The Spanish José Antonio Samaranch Salisach, a member of the IOC, assures that “the Games are likely to be postponed.” These four weeks are more like looking for a new locationWell, you have to negotiate with many parties, including sponsors and Federations, because in the summer of 2021 there are World Athletics and Swimming Championships that would have to move.