With pressure mounting, IOC sets deadline for Olympics postponement decision
On the heels of Canada pulling out of the Tokyo Olympics if they are held this summer, the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) is now telling its athletes to "prepare for a Tokyo Olympic Games in the northern summer of 2021."
"The AOC believes our athletes now need to prioritise their own health and of those around them, and to be able to return to the families, in discussion with their National Federations," the AOC said in a statement. "The AOC held an Executive Board meeting via teleconference this morning (Monday) and unanimously agreed that an Australian Team could not be assembled in the changing circumstances at home and abroad."
The Canadian Olympic Committee and Canadian Paralympic Committee announced Sunday night that they would not be sending athletes to this summer's Olympics due to the ongoing COVID-19 worldwide pandemic.
Earlier Sunday, International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach said in an open letter that they have given themselves a four week deadline to determine whether or not to postpone the Tokyo Olympics.
The Games are scheduled to run from July 24-August 9.