Basketball in particular and Canadian sports in general have withdrawn from the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games owing to fears that the acute respiratory infection outbreak of Covid-19 is complicated worldwide.

Facing fears about the Covid 19 global pandemic, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has yet to vote to delay the opening date of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.

Due to the reluctance of the IOC, the Olympic Committee of Canada declared its exclusion from the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Canada became the first country to withdraw from this year’s Olympics. The Agency has said that Canada will continue to compete, provided that the Olympics take place next year.

According to the Olympic Committee of Canada, this is not only linked to the welfare of athletes, but also to general health. There are also threats in the sense of the Covid-19 outbreak because if athletes continue to participate, it will pose a threat not only to the safety, health and safety of Canadian athletes, but also to society as a whole. 

Following Canada’s footsteps, the Australian Olympic Committee has told the country’s athletes that it will train for next year’s Olympic postponement programme. 

Many Olympic bodies in certain countries have vowed to cancel the 2020 Tokyo Olympics if the Olympics continue as scheduled

The Tokyo 2020 Olympics are scheduled to take place from 24/7 to 9/8, with the participation of around 11,000 athletes from 206 countries and territories. However the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee is also called upon by several countries to delay the Olympic Games in the light of the quickly spreading outbreak of Covid-19 acute respiratory infections worldwide. 

This is definitely bad news for Canadian athletes because they certainly do not have an opportunity to compete in World Sports Day. There are many Canadian players in the NBA, particularly potential young stars such as Jamal Murray (Denver Nuggets), Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (Oklahoma City Thunder), Andrew Wiggins (Golden State Warriors), RJ Barrett (New York Knicks), Brandon Clarke (Memphis Grizzlies), Dillon Brooks (Memphis Grizzlies), and Tristan Thompson (Cleveland Cavaliers) and a few other names looking forward to each other.