Field Hockey Canada’s ace Goalkeeper David Carter has welcomed the decision by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to postpone the Tokyo Olympic Games to 2021.
The IOC on Tuesday confirmed that it would push the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games and Paralympic Games to next year due to the unfolding coronavirus pandemic.
This decision came after weeks of mounting pressure to move the Games, with Canada, Australia and Great Britain Olympic and Paralympic Committees refusing to send their athletes to the Olympics.
It has been a real challenging situation for athletes not only in Canada but also world over, since the corona virus pandemic has restricted world wide travel and forced athletes around the globe to stay indoors, leaving years of carefully choreographed Olympic training plans in tatters.
In Canada, there are coronavirus cases in all 10 Canadian provinces. Canada, now has closed its borders to the vast majority of foreign nationals. Ports of Entry, both at airports and at the Canada-U.S. border have been closed to most individuals who wish to enter.
A total of 3,409 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Canada as of March 25, 2020 and thirty-five deaths have been reported.
Speaking to the ‘Dragflick’, 38-year-old Canadian Goalkeeper David Carter, a veteran of 190+ international caps hailed the decision, highlighting the importance of health and awareness.
“It is a great move by the organising committee, spearheaded by the Canadian Olympic Committee’s decision to not participate in the Games if the dates did not change. The health and safety of not only the athletes but the global community is at stake. That’s what is most important in these trying times.” said Carter.
David know his body would feel the effects of being “another year older”, but that the sacrifice is necessary to “help keep people safe”.
“I also try to look on the bright side, I get to play the sport I love, at the highest level for another year! Our team is fully behind the move. It may be an inconvenience to some, but the bigger picture is health and safety for all.” Carter said.