Tokyo 2020 Olympics: Japan is the world’s greatest optimistic hope. But Canada pulls out

Everywhere you look online right now, it can seem like perpetual bad news. With large swathes of the world stranded and sporting events canceled all over the world, people are looking for positivity sessions.

In China, many tourist attractions are starting to reopen but large gatherings, including sporting events across the world, remain on hold.

The Euro 2020 European Football Championship has been postponed and renamed Euro 2021.

However, the biggest and biggest sporting event in the world remains unchanged for now. With travel restrictions in place around the world due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Olympics are in question, just four months from the start of the world’s biggest sporting event.

The Summer Olympics have only been canceled three times since their inception. In 1916 due to the start of World War I, then in 1940 and 1944 during World War II.

Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee Acting Chairman Toshiaki Endo said he “hopes that the torch relay that begins today will engender many dreams and aspirations and bring hope for tomorrow.”

The Olympics have so far not been postponed, despite calls to relocate the world’s largest sporting event. Symbol of optimism and progress, the games always aim to bring Tokyo, Japan and eventually the world to life.

In a statement from the International Olympic Committee, The IOC “encourages all athletes to continue to prepare as well as possible for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020″.

However, on Sunday, Canada said it would not send a team to Tokyo unless the Olympics were postponed for a year. With a level playing field needed, the Canadian Olympic Committee cited not only athlete health, but public health as well. The Canadian Olympic Committee and the Canadian Paralympic Committee said, “While we recognize the complexities inherent in postponement, nothing is more important than the health and safety of our athletes and the global community. “

World Athletics President Lord Sebastian Coe expects a decision to be made in the days and weeks to come whether the competition takes place on July 24. The IOC will continue to monitor the situation 24/7. A press release said: “Already in mid-February, a working group was set up, made up of the IOC, the World Health Organization (WHO), the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee, the Japanese authorities. and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government. “

The Olympic flame has now arrived in Japan and when I contacted the IOC there was still optimism that the games would continue. When the torch left ancient Athens, the President of the Hellenic Olympic Committee, Spyros Capralos, said: “We bid farewell to this great Olympic symbol, which brings together humanity, antiquity and modern times. I wish to believe May the journey of the Olympic flame to your country bring joy and hope to the people of the world, who are currently in pain and challenges. “

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