Canada to skip Olympic qualifier due to COVID-19  

The Nation  |  May 09, 2021

MONTREAL - Canada will skip a last-chance gymnastics qualifier for the Tokyo Olympics next month in Rio over Covid-19 safety concerns, officials announced Friday. Gymnastics Canada will not send a team to the 2021 Senior Pan American Championships in Brazil on June 4-13, passing up a chance to qualify one more gymnast in men’s and women’s artistic events and an individual and group in rhythmic competition. Brazil is in the grip of an escalating Covid-19 crisis, with more than 416,000 deaths from the virus, the highest death toll in the world after the United States. “In this pandemic environment, an additional layer of concern is required when travelling internationally to competitions,” Gymnastics Canada chief executive officer Ian Moss said in a statement. “Gymnastics Canada has a very detailed risk assessment protocol that is followed for all international events and, for these competitions, it was felt that the risk to the health and safety of all travelling personnel was too high at this time to consider competing.”

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