See the full statement below here: https://www.olympic.org/news/joint-statement-from-the-international-olympic-committee-and-the-tokyo-2020-organising-committee
“Postponing the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games as a result of the global COVID-19 outbreak is absolutely the right thing to do. The health and well-being of human life must always be our number one priority and staging a sport event of any kind during this pandemic is simply not possible.
“Sport is not the most important thing right now, preserving human life is. It is essential therefore that all steps are taken to try and limit the spread of this disease.
“The COVID-19 outbreak is now impacting nearly every country in the world and the number of known cases has increased almost five times over in the last 10 days to 375,000.
“At a time when many major communities around the world are in lockdown, with workplaces and shops closed and people urged not to leave their own homes, continuing to pursue the dream of the Tokyo 2020 Games happening this year does not make sense; postponement is the only logical option.
“By taking this decision now, everyone involved in the Paralympic Movement, including all Para athletes, can fully focus on their own health and well-being and staying safe during this unprecedented and difficult time.
“When the Paralympic Games do happen in Tokyo next year, they will be a spectacular global celebration of humanity coming together again as one. The Paralympic Movement is based on people overcoming adversity, and this is what we will do next year.”
Paralympics Australia has joined the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) in applauding the decision overnight (24 March) to postpone the Tokyo Games.
Paralympics Australia’s Chief Executive, Lynne Anderson, said: “Paralympics Australia is ready to react to this decision and continue to ensure we leave no stone unturned to provide an optimal performance environment for our athletes and sports for a Tokyo Games.
Chef de Mission of the Australian Paralympic Team, Kate McLoughlin, said: “Our campaign slogan ‘Ready Set Tokyo’ has a new name today, ‘Ready Reset Tokyo’.
“While today’s postponement of the Games does present a diverse range of challenges for athletes, coaches, support staff and PA [Paralympics Australia] staff, the Australian Paralympic Team will be given every opportunity to succeed in Tokyo. The goal hasn’t changed, just the timing.
“We will be working closely with all our sports and sporting partners in light of the new decision, with a focus on open communication and support over the coming weeks and months. Our main message is to stay safe, keep well and look after each other, and we will be doing our best to support you during this hugely difficult period that we’re all in together.”
INTERNATIONAL CANOE FEDERATION
The ICF said while it was a tough decision to make for all involved, it was the right decision and the best outcome for the athletes.
See statement here: https://www.canoeicf.com/news/icf-endorses-decision-postpone-tokyo-2020