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Canada will not send athletes to Olympic and Paralympic Games in summer 2020 due to COVID-19 risks

Canada will not send athletes to Olympic and Paralympic Games in summer 2020 due to COVID-19 risks

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  1. Just wait, every smart country on this planet will follow suit.

  2. Yep that’ll kill it. I expect the Americans to pull out next followed by a bunch of European countries. By the end of today it will be cancelled.

    First time since World War 2. But its still the best course to take.

  3. Good for us and our athletes!!

    So is Canada the first country to do this?

  4. Wait, the Olympics haven’t been cancelled?

  5. I hope, for everyone’s sake, the Olympics get postponed a year, if not two.

    The athletes aren’t able to prepare safely and people won’t be able to attend safely.

    Postponing til 2022 would be a very good idea, and having both the Summer and Winter Olympics in the same year is how they used to do it up until after the 1992 Olympics. It’ll just be a great year for sport and then we’ll return to the regular schedule.

    On a personal note, I’m a Canadian with tickets for the Olympics. I saved money and vacation time for 2.5 years to do this trip. While I’m super bummed that it likely won’t happen, at the end of the day it’s just games.

    There’s so many more important things going on in the world right now and I don’t think games should be put before the health of every person on this planet.

    EDIT: I made sure to get travel insurance that didn’t exempt pandemics because I’m not a silly goose who saved up for years without covering their ass. So worst csse financially I may eat a couple hundred bucks. That’s not the end of the world.

  6. Plague Inc supports this notion

  7. Well done, Canada. This is the way to cut out the nonsense. Promoting the maybe olympics should stop.

  8. I live in Japan. If this gets under control by August then they could push the Games back to October. After Typhoon season and I actually think the weather is much nicer in Tokyo that time of year. Tokyo is miserably hot in the summertime. However, the more prudent approach would be to push the Games back to 2021. Btw Japan is not doing a good job of testing people so I think their cases known is very misleading.

  9. Spoiler for tomorrow’s headlines: Olympics are postponed to next year.

  10. I feel sorry for the Japanese effort, but we’ll be better off if we postpone it to 2021.

  11. I have feeling Japan is going to take the gold in every category this year.

    I hope they have fun with it and send an incredibly slow fat person to be the sole contestant for the running contests or something.

  12. It’s far too dangerous to let our olympic athletes, as well as others, expose themselves to COVID-19. It is imperative that we practice social distancing to slow the rate of infection and flatten the curve so that our healthcare system and providers aren’t overwhelmed. It’s our responsibility as global citizens to listen to the experts. The faculty of the University of California San Diego designed a simple graphic explaining the importance of social distancing.^[[1]](https://globalnews.ca/news/6709071/coronavirus-social-distancing-math/)

    Remember folks practice social distancing, don’t touch your face,^[[2]](https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20200317-how-to-stop-touching-your-face) and wash your hands properly.^[[3]](https://www.who.int/gpsc/clean_hands_protection/en/) Stay safe and perhaps pick up a fun hobby^[[4]](https://youtu.be/sPLgsV_Ms3Q) or few <3

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    1) [Global News – A look at the math behind social distancing amid coronavirus](https://globalnews.ca/news/6709071/coronavirus-social-distancing-math/)

    2) [BBC – How to avoid touching your face so much: There is a reason why humans are susceptible during disease outbreaks like that of Covid-19 – we keep touching our faces. Why, and what can we do about it?](https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20200317-how-to-stop-touching-your-face)

    3) [World Health Organization – Clean Care is Safer Care: Clean hands protect against infection](https://www.who.int/gpsc/clean_hands_protection/en/)

    4) [YouTube – Neil Diamond *”Hands.. washing hands”*](https://youtu.be/sPLgsV_Ms3Q)

  13. It’s good that some country is making a stand.

    Go Canada!

  14. That’s good, but is really too bad for the athletes. They train and work so hard in order to (HOPEFULLY) compete at the Olympics every four years, and they don’t get too many opportunities to do so.

    I feel for them

    I’ll also miss the Olympics, even though I much prefer the winter ones

  15. Although there are bigger things than sports right now, a lot of these athletes trained their whole lives for this. It sucks that they won’t get to compete.

  16. Honestly, Japan shouldn’t have to cancel the games and bear the costs, the IOC should. The more countries back out of participation, the more pressure it puts on the IOC and Japan can finally take proper measures to combat the corona virus. The population is incredibly undertested and business as usual for the majority of the population since the government hasn’t made any moves that might make them liable for canceling the Olympics. Honestly just lucky that our hospitals haven’t been overwhelmed as we have one of the highest hospital beds ratio to population in the world so the flattening the curve idea isn’t as needed in comparison to the rest of the world.

  17. It’s a wonderful decision for Canada, and therefore the world.

  18. Poor Japan.They worked so hard and were very excited to host the Olympic games.

  19. It’s the tight thing to do.. i don’t think that this Coronavirus crisis will be over this June.

  20. Just send Mario and Sonic.

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