Canada Will Not Send Athletes to a Summer 2020 Olympic Games

If the Olympics goes ahead as planned, Canada will not send a team

March 22nd, 2020 by | Posted in Indoor Climbing | Tags: ,

On Sunday evening, the Canadian Olympic Committee announced that it will not send athletes to a summer 2020 Olympic Games. They are backed by the Government of Canada, the national sporting organizations and the athletes’ commissions.

The statements reads: “This is not solely about athlete health–it is about public health. With COVID-19 and the associated risks, it is not safe for our athletes, and the health and safety of their families and the broader Canadian community for athletes to continue training towards these Games. In fact, it runs counter to the public health advice which we urge all Canadians to follow.”

While there’s a chance that the IOC and Tokyo organizing committee will decide to push the Games until summer 2021, there won’t be any Canadians (Sean McColl or Alannah Yip) climbing if the event goes as planned.

On Sunday, the BBC reported that the IOC has given itself four weeks to decide the fate of the 2020 Games. This is a developing story.