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Olympics: If we will be fit then only we can play, says wrestler Sushil

Kumar's remarks came after the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) announced they will not send their teams to the Olympics

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India's Sushil Kumar wrestles with Canadian Jevon Balfour in the men's freestyle 74kg wrestling quarterfinal match at the Commonwealth Games 2018 in Gold Coast. File Photo: PTI
India's Sushil Kumar wrestles with Canadian Jevon Balfour in the men's freestyle 74kg wrestling quarterfinal match at the Commonwealth Games 2018 in Gold Coast. File Photo: PTI

Indian wrestler on Monday asserted that there is no point in participating in the if all the countries are not taking part in the quadrennial event due to pandemic.

"Health is a priority if we will be fit and fine by health then only we can play. And what's the point of playing in not proper where not all the counties are participating. All countries are now combating this. We all should be united to fight with coronavirus," Kumar told ANI.

Kumar's remarks came after the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) announced they will not send their teams to the Olympic and Paralympic Games in the summer of 2020 due to the pandemic.
 

The Tokyo Olympic Games are slated to be held from July 24 to August 9, while the Paralympic Games are scheduled to be held from August 25 to September 6.

Earlier, IOC said they will make a decision in four weeks time period as the countries around the world are reeling with the pandemic. However, the body emphasised that 'cancellation is not on the agenda'.

"The IOC will, in full coordination and partnership with the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee, the Japanese authorities and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, start detailed discussions to complete its assessment of the rapid development of the worldwide health situation and its impact on the Olympic Games, including the scenario of postponement," IOC said in a statement.

"The IOC is confident that it will have finalised these discussions within the next four weeks, and greatly appreciates the solidarity and partnership of the NOCs and IFs in supporting the athletes and adapting Games planning. The IOC EB emphasised that a cancellation of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 would not solve any of the problems or help anybody. Therefore, cancellation is not on the agenda," the statement added.
 

More than 335,000 people have contracted novel COVID-19 and at least 014,641 have died, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.

First Published: Mon, March 23 2020. 12:04 IST