Tokyo Olympics 2020: Australia Follow the Canada Way, Declares Pullout Over COVID-19 Concerns
- Updated: March 23, 2020
Australia became the second country to pull out from Tokyo Olympics 2020 after Canada, citing reasons of concern over coronavirus. The development was confirmed by the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) on Monday. Meanwhile, there are also reports of the tournament being postponed to 2021.
AOC Chief Executive Matt Carroll said that the board has taken the decision without even waiting for a confirmation from the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Carroll’s comments came up Canada withdrew their consent of participating in the Tokyo Olympics 2020.
“We’ve had to make a call now because of the situation here in Australia and other parts of the world. But the IOC is still working through their final decision-making” Carroll told reporters in Sydney on Monday.
Event Might be Postponed
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said that the event might be postponed due to the outbreak of COVID-19 which has disrupted normalcy all over the world. The IOC on their part said that they are in a meeting to discuss the “possible scenario” and hinted that the tournament might be postponed as well. As of now the Tokyo Olympics 2020 is scheduled between July 24 – August 9, 2020.
The call to postpone the Tokyo Olympics 2020 has raised in the meantime. Several major stakeholders such as U.S. Track and Field and UK Athletics, along with several national Olympic committees are supporting the call to delay the event.
Meanwhile, the worldwide count for Coronavirus cases are increasing every day. As of now, over three lask COVID-19 confirmed cases have been reported. The count stands at 343,411 at the moment with 14,775 deaths reported. 99,066 have successfully recovered from the pandemic as per the reports as well.