(NBC News) - Canada will not send athletes to the Olympics later this year if the games are not delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic, officials said Sunday.
In a statement, the Canadian Olympic Committee said it was “urgently” calling on the groups that organize the games to postpone the event for one year. “This is not solely about athlete health — this is about public health,” the group said.
Earlier Sunday, the International Olympic Committee said it was still evaluating if the games, scheduled to begin July 24 in Tokyo, will go forward as planned.
In a separate statement, the International Paralympic Committee said it “fully supported” that organization's decision to further assess the outbreak’s impact on the games.