Canada won’t participate in the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics due to the coronavirus pandemic, it has been announced.

“The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC), backed by their Athletes’ Commissions, National Sports Organizations and the Government of Canada, have made the difficult decision to not send Canadian teams to the Olympic and Paralympic Games in the summer of 2020,” the country’s olympic committee said on its website on Sunday.

“This is not solely about athlete health – it is about public health,” it said.

The COC added that it has urged the International Olympic Committee (IOC)

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