24 March 2020
British Canoeing has today welcomed the news of the postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Professor John Coyne CBE, Chair of British Canoeing said:
“We fully understand and support the decision of the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games to postpone the Tokyo 2020 Games. It is good to have the clarity that this affords.
“With the ongoing impact of the global Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic these are unprecedented times. We must prioritise the health and well-being of our athletes, coaches and support staff, who have faced uncertainty and anxiety in recent weeks.
“British Canoeing will continue to support and work in partnership with the British Olympic Association, British Paralympic Association and UK Sport to ensure our athletes are well prepared for the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, to take place no later than summer 2021.”
Paul Ratcliffe, Performance Director at British Canoeing added:
“British Canoeing welcomes today’s news given the ongoing impact of the global Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
“The health and well-being of all those involved in our World Class Performance programmes is of paramount importance to us. We will be supporting our athletes as they process this news in the coming days, weeks and months and as more details are known.
"We are incredibly sympathetic to the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee, the IOC and IPC who have had to make this brave and appropriate decision. We're sure they will be working tirelessly to deliver two incredible Games at the right time.”
A joint statement from the British Olympic Association, British Paralympic Association and UK Sport on the postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games can be found here.