Twitter Reaction: Canada’s athletes speak out about Olympic decision

Athletes from Canada march in during the closing ceremony in the Maracana stadium at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016. (David Goldman/AP)

Amid growing concerns about the COVID-19 outbreak and continued questions about the future of the Tokyo Olympics, the Canadian Olympic Committee and the Canadian Paralympic Committee announced Sunday that they will not send Canadian athletes to participate in the Games this summer.

The committees also urgently called on the games to be postponed for one year after the IOC announced earlier today that “cancellation is not on the agenda.”

“This is not solely about athlete health — it is about public health,” the COC and CPC said in a press release. “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.”

Canada is the first country to announce that they are not sending athletes to the Tokyo Olympics.

Athletes can spend years ahead of the Olympics or Paralympics refining their craft to prepare to compete — as news of the announcement spread on Twitter, Canadian athletes and former Olympians shared their thoughts on the decision:

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