Manitoba athletes react to Canada’s withdrawal from Tokyo Olympics: ‘It’s devastating’

As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads throughout the world, Canada has chosen not to send any athletes to this year’s summer Olympic games, scheduled to be held in Tokyo.

The Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Committees determined a Games in July was counter to the country’s efforts to stem the spread the pandemic that has brought global sports to its knees.

“I’d like to think it means is that we don’t prioritize gold medals at all costs, that at a time when our prime minister, our minister of health and our public health officer are telling us that it’s time to stay indoors, flatten the curve, socially distance, that our athletes are saying, ‘we’re Canadians, too and we’re going to do our part,”’ David Shoemaker, the Canadian Olympic Committee’s CEO, said on a conference call on Monday morning.

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