July 6, 2022

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Despite the omicron, the Canadian Olympic Committee continues in Beijing

Mikaël Kingsbury

COC CEO David Schumacher, however, agreed that there were some concerns.

We are concerned. But at the same time, we’re in a learning mode similar to the Tokyo Games in 2020. We heed the advice of our Chief Medical Officer and his expert network. We are hopeful that the games will be conducted in a safe manner. However we are assessing the situation on a daily basis.

The Omicron variant has already caused a lot of headaches in sports associations and athletes.

American skier Michael Shifrin The virus was confirmed And miss the events leading up to the Olympics.

The The World Junior Hockey Championship had to be canceled, In Alberta, due to an increase in COVID-19 cases among young hockey players.

No less than fourteen on the Canadian Bobslee team Are alone in Latvia Due to the positive results.

The Canadian Figure Skating Championships As a preventative measure it will take place next week without an audience.

But Schumacher assured that no rumors had been heard about the possibility of postponing the Beijing Olympics.

We have not discussed the postponement with the International Olympic Committee, but we often talk to other countries participating in the Winter Games and raise the issue.

Other sports organizations across the country are reassuring themselves through safety measures such as vaccinations and screening tests.

I had high hopes for risk mitigation plans, Alpine Canada President Therese Brison said via email. Right now, we’re trying to implement these actions rather than asking them to postpone games.

However, after Brissen’s arrival in China, he was concerned about the loneliness that an athlete might have to wait for a positive diagnosis and be prevented from competing or coming home. She is also concerned about the consequences of these scenes on the mental health of athletes.

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Next month will be crucial

Schumacher said the biggest challenge facing the Canadian Olympic Committee was not once the safety of athletes in Beijing, but the perfection needed to get there.

There is a consensus that the Beijing Olympic Bubble is the safest place on the planet to protect yourself from the Omicron variant in February.

A quote from David Schumacher, CEO of the Canadian Olympic Committee

The real challenge for us in the next 30 days is to ensure that Canadian participants can reach Beijing without contracting the virus, so that they can get a negative result once there.

Schumacher therefore stressed that the COC must adhere to the goal of assembling a full team for the 2022 Winter Games.

If we move forward with our medical team we will do everything we can to bring the Canadian team to Beijing., He concluded.

The Beijing Games are set to begin in five weeks.

With information from CBC’s Scott Russell Sports