Bishop Supports COC Decision to Skip Tokyo Olympics

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With the postponment of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, University of Windsor alumni Melissa Bishop is feeling a whirlwind of emotions.

She tells CTV Windsor after countless hours of training it's a tough pill to swallow, but the Canadian Olympic Committee's decision to skip the games is the right one.

Bishop represented Canada in the 800-metre at the 2012 London and 2016 Rio Olympics and says, for so many athletes, the Olympics are their entire life.

"We work so hard, as athletes, for the Olympics, but there's so much more going on in this world right now, so much more that it bigger than sport. That has to be first and foremost, the most important thing is the health of everybody. This is humanity. Our entire humanity is based on this decision I feel like."

Bishop says an extra year of training could be an advantage for some athletes.

"This is going to affect a lot of athletes differently. Some have already qualified for the Olympics, but the majority of us haven't qualified for the Olympics yet this coming year. For some athletes this is going to be a disadvantage and for some it's going to be an advantage," she says.  "I think it's going to be an advantage for me."

When the time is right, Bishop says she looks forward to getting back on the track.

"Representing your country on an Olympic stage is an absolute privilege. This is not something that everyone gets to do. To be standing in the track, for me, that's been my dream since I was a little girl, to be an Olympian and to be competing there. Once, twice and hopefully three times, that would be incredible."

Bishop says she's hopeful the International Olympic Committee postpones the games to 2021 or until it's safe to host the event with all member countries.

 

— With files from CTV Windsor