‘Insensitive and irresponsible’: Hayley Wickenheiser calls out IOC decision on Olympics

The International Olympic Committee reiterated that the Tokyo Games will go as planned on Tuesday, despite a sports world that has screeched to a halt over the coronavirus panedmic.

Amid the COVID-19 outbreak that continues to cut a swath across the planet, some Canadians called the IOC’s message tone deaf.

In a lengthy post on Twitter, Canadian women’s hockey star Hayley Wickenheiser said no-one can know at this point whether the Olympics will or should be cancelled.

“To say for certain they will go ahead is an injustice to the athletes training and global population at large,” said Wickenheiser, a six-time Olympian and member of the IOC Athletes Commission. “We need to acknowledge the unknown.”

In a communique released Tuesday, the IOC said it remains “fully committed to the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, and with more than four months to go before the Games there is no need for any drastic decisions at this stage; and any speculation at this moment would be counter-productive.”

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