MONTREAL (AFP) - Canadian Olympic officials on Sunday urged postponement of the Tokyo video games, saying that in view of the coronavirus pandemic they received t send a team within the summer of 2020.

"The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC), backed by means of their Athletes  Commissions, countrywide sports groups and the government of Canada, have made the hard choice to now not ship Canadian teams to the Olympic and Paralympic video games inside the summer of 2020," the COC stated in a statement that ratchets up the stress at the international Olympic Committee to delay the video games scheduled to begin on July 24.

The IOC has come beneath growing pressure to ward off the games from sporting federations and athletes concerned approximately the fitness dangers as the COVID-19 international loss of life tally went past 13,000 on Sunday.

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IOC president Thomas Bach said a choice on whilst the video games could take region would be made "inside the subsequent 4 weeks."

Canadian Olympic and Paralympic government, however, stated they wouldn t wait that lengthy, urging the IOC to delay the video games for one year at the same time as supplying "our complete guide in helping navigate all of the complexities that rescheduling the video games will convey.

"even as we apprehend the inherent complexities around a postponement, not anything is extra vital than the health and protection of our athletes and the arena community," the COC and CPC stated.

"This isn't entirely approximately athlete fitness -- it's far approximately public fitness," their announcement introduced. "With COVID-19 and the related dangers, it isn't always safe for our athletes, and the health and safety of their families and the wider Canadian community for athletes to continue education toward those video games.

"In fact, it runs counter to the public health recommendation which we urge all Canadians to comply with."

That argument has come to be more and more heard from athletes in nations in which education facilities are shuttered and gatherings of humans are banned in a bid to halt the spread of the disease.

The IOC has countered that by July, the worldwide disaster could have exceeded and that postponing now would be untimely and could price some athletes an extended-awaited hazard at Olympic glory that may not come again.

Bach said the IOC was considering "unique scenarios," including that whole cancellation of the games was no longer among them.

"we are thankful to the IOC for its guarantee that it'll no longer be cancelling the Tokyo 2020 games and appreciative that it understands the importance of accelerating its decision-making concerning a probable postponement," the Canadian statement stated.

"We also applaud the IOC for acknowledging that safeguarding the health and wellbeing of countries and containing the virus have to be our paramount problem. We are in the midst of a international health crisis this is a long way more substantial than game.

"We remain hopeful that the IOC and IPC will agree with the choice to postpone the video games as part of our collective duty to protect our communities and paintings to include the unfold of the virus."