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Canada is the first country to pull out of the 2020 Olympics and the world applauds

Canada isn't taking any chances by sending athletes to the upcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympics unless it's postponed, it was announced yesterday.

The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) issued a statement saying that they will not be sending athletes to the games, set to begin July 24, unless they are postponed amid concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic.

The committees called on Olympic leaders and world health officials to postpone the games at least one year.

The move makes Canada the first to decline sending its athletes to this year's summer games, with many applauding the leadership exhibited by the country.

Five-time Olympian Hayley Wickenheiser of the National Women’s Ice Hockey Team team tweeted her approval of the decision.

"This is not solely about athlete health," the COC/CPC statement reads. "It's about public health."

"We are in the midst of a global health crisis that is far more significant than sport."

The International Olympic Committee who oversees the games says it's considering the matter but won't reach a decision on whether it will move the games for at least four weeks.

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