Australian Team 'Could Not be Assembled' for Tokyo Olympics

Tuesday, 24 Mar, 2020

In an interview with USA Today, longtime International Olympic Committee member Dick Pound said, "On the basis of the information the IOC has, postponement has been decided".

THE International Olympic Committee has admitted postponing this summer's Tokyo Games is under consideration, but insisted cancellation is not on its agenda as that "would not solve any of the problems or help anybody".

Canadian Olympic Committee and Canadian Paraplegic Committee officials announced the decision on Sunday night, calling it hard, but the right one for all involved. "But we're also afraid the International Olympic Committee is going to say, in a month, that the games are on, and, what, hopefully you're going to still be in shape?"

After much back and forth, the Summer Games are the latest major sporting event to be affected by the coronavirus pandemic that has killed thousands across the globe. However, he said too long a delay would be a burden to athletes given the possibility of having to qualify again, for example.

Canada will not send athletes to the Olympic or Paralympic Games in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, they announced on Sunday.

Australian Olympic officials said on Monday "it was clear" the Tokyo Games could not go ahead as scheduled this year and told its athletes to instead prepare for the event in 2021.

The COC/CPC announcement comes hard on the heels of a letter issued Sunday by the IOC to Olympic athletes all over the world.

The premier, who has previously said he aims to hold the major sporting event in its "complete form", told a parliamentary session, "If it is hard to hold the games in such a way, we have to decide to postpone it, giving top priority to (the health of the) athletes".

Both organizations said the decision was hard, but have chosen to do so to protect its athletes from the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a letter to Bach, seen by insidethegames, World Athletics President Sebastian Coe said Tokyo 2020 taking place as planned in July and August is "neither feasible nor desirable" amid growing worldwide concern over the pandemic.

"As a global sport movement, we have a duty to set an example for ethical and socially responsible decision making".

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