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No Summer 2020 Olympics for Canada (Read 85 times)

CanadianMeg


Road to Nowhere 2020

    The Canadian Olympic Committee and the Canadian Paralympic Committee have decided to not send athletes to the Olympics in summer 2020. What a great decision! The IOC won't make the correct call and continues to drag their heels. I'm glad my country is looking out for the safety of our athletes. Japan and the world will not be ready for an Olympics in July. Other countries should follow suit.

     

    https://www.cbc.ca/sports/olympics/canadian-olympic-committee-tokyo-2020-ioc-1.5506291

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    CanadianMeg


    Road to Nowhere 2020

      Half Fanatic #9292. 

      JMac11


      Taper Czar

        Just to be clear here: this isn’t about the safety of the athletes. Most countries are recommending this specifically because athletes cannot train at their peak when they have to practice social isolation for the safety of others. I don’t think athletes are particularly worried about their own personal health attending Tokyo.

         

        Also, this is not saying that’s a bad reason: I actually think that’s a perfectly legitimate reason. Even if we are somehow behind this in the summer, by keeping the Olympics, you are asking athletes to continue to train and risk the safety of other more vulnerable members of their society, or to come in completely undertrained. Both of those are reasons the Olympics should be cancelled. Don’t pressure athletes, especially in sports that by definition cannot practice social isolation, to continue to train.

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        Marky_Mark_17


          The other obvious problem now is that qualification routes are extremely limited!

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          an amazing likeness

            Once again, Canadians demonstrating their leadership and common sense. Stuart McLean would have a good story.

             

            The Olympics have long been nothing more than a revenue stream for television and the various national teams. 45 minutes of tear-jerking backstory of how Tammy or Tommy overcame polio/poverty/mother-in-jail to 8 minutes of activity.

             

            Bob Costa can hold off on scheduling his conjunctivitis for now....

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            DavePNW


               

              The Olympics have long been nothing more than a revenue stream for television and the various national teams.

               

               

              Don’t forget the revenue stream for the IOC members. And yet often a massive money-losing operation for the host country and their taxpayers, while leaving numerous underutilized structures behind. 

              Anyway, I have to believe this will snowball; other countries will follow and ultimately leave the IOC with no choice.

              Dave

              CanadianMeg


              Road to Nowhere 2020

                Stuart McLean would have a good story.

                 

                He was a great one. He is missed.

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                LedLincoln


                not bad for mile 25

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                    Unofficial (?) postponement

                     

                    It's absolutely the right call for health, but I can't imagine what is going through athlete's minds right now. If the Olympics are postponed until 2021, do you need to requalify? For those who were planning on retiring post-Olympics, can they hold on another year?


                    The Running Philosopher

                      Looks like it's official now -- the Olympics will not happen this year:

                       

                      https://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/more-sports/2020-tokyo-olympics-postponed-due-to-coronavirus-pandemic/ar-BB11A7TY

                       

                      Definitely the right decision -- had a chance to talk with a marathon qualifier last month; hopefully he won't have to qualify again for next year.

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                      DavePNW


                        Looks like it's official now -- the Olympics will not happen this year:

                         

                        https://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/more-sports/2020-tokyo-olympics-postponed-due-to-coronavirus-pandemic/ar-BB11A7TY

                         

                        Definitely the right decision -- had a chance to talk with a marathon qualifier last month; hopefully he won't have to qualify again for next year.

                         

                        This article specifically states that it has NOT officially been postponed yet. 

                        No doubt it will happen, but as of this moment it has not been announced.

                        Dave

                        DavePNW


                          Looks like it's official now -- the Olympics will not happen this year:

                           

                           

                          OK, NOW it’s official.

                          Dave

                          CanadianMeg


                          Road to Nowhere 2020

                            Unofficial (?) postponement

                             

                            It's absolutely the right call for health, but I can't imagine what is going through athlete's minds right now. If the Olympics are postponed until 2021, do you need to requalify? For those who were planning on retiring post-Olympics, can they hold on another year?

                             

                            No need to requalify. Athletes who qualified will carry their eligibility to 2021. That said, it will be a challenge for athletes whose governing bodies use multiple races and world ranking to determine spots. (One of our parathletes is still waiting for news bc her sport is like that.)

                             

                            https://www.cbc.ca/sports/olympics/summer/olympics-tokyo-2020-qualification-spots-1.5512030

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                            DavePNW


                               

                              No need to requalify. Athletes who qualified will carry their eligibility to 2021.

                               

                              https://www.cbc.ca/sports/olympics/summer/olympics-tokyo-2020-qualification-spots-1.5512030

                               

                              I see the IOC has announced this, but I would think each country’s Olympic committee has the freedom to select their athletes how they want. Is this not correct?

                              Dave