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Canada officially boycotted 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.
Australia and New Zealand already boycotted or would boycott the Olympic Games in near future.

Canada is the first country to officially boycott the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

Meanwhile, the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) has warned its athletes to prepare for a Tokyo Olympics in the northern summer of 2021.
The AOC says an Australian team can't be assembled for the Tokyo Games, which is scheduled to start in July 24.

NZ Olympic Committee president Mike Stanley confirmed it would seriously consider boycotting the Tokyo Games, if the International Olympic Committee decided not to postpone.









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IOC should really come forward at this point. It's pretty clear there is no realistic chance to hold such a worldwide event in only a couple of months.
 

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July 24th is 4 months away, and that's a plenty of time. It is too early to make a decision after Tokyo was asked to plan many years in advance (2013 was when it was decided that it is Tokyo's turn; about 7 years in advance, to be precise) and spending many millions of dollars to organize its Olympics. Still, given how this devil has turned out to be a global pandemic, there's a very high chance that Tokyo Olympics will be either be suspended or postponed to 2021 or 2022.

Do athletes have a mindset right now to do their thing, to go out, and to prepare themselves for Olympics? At the end of the day, if the athletes do not have the right frame of mind to prepare themselves and cannot give their best showing at Olympics, there's no point in organizing Olympics as it drops down the level of competition that will be in display at the Olympics.

Will we be able to find a solution to control this global pandemic in 4 months? Will we be in total control of the situation by then? Even if we do, is there a chance for the outbreak to re-emerge and re-start as athletes and people start traveling across borders again and expose themselves to it again? 4 months seems to be a very short period of time, at this time. Organizing Olympics as per the original schedule seems to be extremely risky, considering the way the things stand right now.
 

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July 24th is 4 months away, and that's a plenty of time. It is too early to make a decision after Tokyo was asked to plan many years in advance (2013 was when it was decided that it is Tokyo's turn; about 7 years in advance, to be precise) and spending many millions of dollars to organize its Olympics. Still, given how this devil has turned out to be a global pandemic, there's a very high chance that Tokyo Olympics will be either be suspended or postponed to 2021 or 2022.

Do athletes have a mindset right now to do their thing, to go out, and to prepare themselves for Olympics? At the end of the day, if the athletes do not have the right frame of mind to prepare themselves and cannot give their best showing at Olympics, there's no point in organizing Olympics as it drops down the level of competition that will be in display at the Olympics.

Will we be able to find a solution to control this global pandemic in 4 months? Will we be in total control of the situation by then? Even if we do, is there a chance for the outbreak to re-emerge and re-start as athletes and people start traveling across borders again and expose themselves to it again? 4 months seems to be a very short period of time, at this time. Organizing Olympics as per the original schedule seems to be extremely risky, considering the way the things stand right now.
So, are all the athletes supposed to go to the Olympics without any proper training, any preparatory or qualification competitions? At this stage, not all qualification competitions have been held and athletes would be forced to go without any pre-Olympics competition level training. You would have to measure the deadline for corona at May 25, or June 8. And see, June 8 would be the current cutoff for tennis qualification. These would be the same rankings as now, when players could have had months of qualification time.
 

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"If it is difficult to hold [the Games] in a complete way, a decision of postponement would be unavoidable as we think the athletes' safety is paramount,'' Abe said.
You can find the original words of Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe from the link below.
IOCの判断は私が申し上げた『完全な形での実施』という方針に沿うもので、仮にそれが困難な場合は、アスリートを第一に考え延期の判断も行わざるを得ない
In english, "The decision of IOC is based on the policy of 'held in a complete form' that I told you before, so If it is difficult to hold the Games in a complete form, we consider the athletes first and a decision of postponement would be unavoidable."
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Well, some NOCs would boycott the Olympic Games, so the Olympic Games cannot be held in a complete form(完全な形), a decision of postponement would be unavoidable(延期の判断も行わざるを得ない).

I guess the Tokyo Olympic Games would be officially postponed in a couple of days.
 

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If countries like Canada and Australia are boycotting the Games, there is absolutely no chance the Games will go ahead. I appreciate this way of forcing the IOC's hands.
 

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The devil has pushed all of us backward. It has stalled everything in our lives. The whole word is in chaos. We are not heading forward, as we speak. We need to get out and do our thing as we were doing a few days ago in order to start progressing again. We are regressing and degressing at this moment, not progressing.

The biggest issue right now is to find a fix, a complete fix for the devil; not the sport, not the Olympics. Eveything else takes a backseat.
 

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Will Federer Laver Cup freaks attack Canada for making this unexpected decision without consulting other nations and tournament directors? :)
 

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The rest to follow and Olympics to be postponed to 2021 by the end of the week
 

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Will Federer Laver Cup freaks attack Canada for making this unexpected decision without consulting other nations and tournament directors? :)
That's not even minimally logical.

Canada is withdrawing from an event, not stealing the place on the calendar of another event.

Do you really not understand the difference? Is it really so confusing for you?
 

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Canada took bold action to do what is in the best interests of their Olympic athletes. Just like Roland Garros did the best action for the best interests of the 2020 edition of Roland Garros. Both heroic actions and should be commended.

Federer Laver Cup freaks bow and heil Roland Garros and Canada!
 

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Canada took bold action to do what is in the best interests of their Olympic athletes. Just like Roland Garros did the best action for the best interests of the 2020 edition of Roland Garros. Both heroic actions and should be commended.

Federer Laver Cup freaks bow and heil Roland Garros and Canada!
Lol, so Guy Forget and the FO were being "heroic" now when they unilaterally took the place on the calendar belonging to other tournaments?

Sorry, but this is the dumbest false equivalence I've ever heard.
 

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they did not withdraw, just said the nation won’t be competing if it goes as scheduled, which it won’t, so they will be in it. IOC will annouce the postponement soon.
 

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Sadly I wont be competing either , I m officially withdrawing from the Olympics. But it's not like I qualified or do any sport for that matter. Stop stating the obvious Canada !
 

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I think 2021 is the right time but it is going to be a tough pill to swallow especially with promotions already done...hope IOC does support Tokyo and Japan adjust the delay here (maybe have Paris contribute some of their Olympics budget there).
 
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