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OLYMPICS : Canada became the first country to pull out of Tokyo 2020 Games Amidst Covid-19

Canada became the first country to pull out of the Tokyo Games due to the coronavirus pandemic and Australia told its athletes to prepare for an Olympics next year as Japan and the IOC flagged the prospect of a postponement for the first time.

OLYMPICS : Canada became the first country to pull out of Tokyo 2020 Games Amidst Covid-19

OLYMPICS : Canada became the first country to pull out of Tokyo 2020 Games Amidst Covid-19

Concerns over holding the Games in July grew over the weekend with major stakeholders such as U.S. Track and Field and UK Athletics, along with some national Olympic committees, calling for a delay because of the pandemic.

READ MORE : Italy Football Federation To Postpone Euro 2020 Over The Coronavirus Outbreak.

Canada’s Olympic and Paralympic Committees raised the ante considerably, however, when they said they would not be sending athletes to Tokyo if the Games went ahead as scheduled.

The world is facing a crisis and this is more important than any other sport event,” Richard told Reuters from Ottawa.

“We decided that was the right thing to do.”

Richard said for Paralympic athletes, some of whom had underlying conditions, it would be risky to expose them if the virus was not contained.

“We felt it was unethical to have them be put in that position,” he said, adding that Canada had not been alone in applying pressure on the IOC to postpone.

More than 14,600 people have died globally since the coronavirus outbreak began.

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