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Olympic uncertainty for Bujold and Team Canada

The Canadian Olympic Committee said they will not send a team to Tokyo unless the games are pushed into next year
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File photo of Mandy Bujold by Rob Massey for GuelphToday

The COVID-19 pandemic has put the major sports leagues on pause, and now there's the real possibility there will be no Canadian Olympic pride on display this summer.

On Sunday, the Canadian Olympic Committee announced they would not send a team to Tokyo, unless the games are pushed back to 2021.

The Tokyo Olympics are scheduled to start on July 24.

The International Olympic Committee is considering a postponement, and has set a deadline of four weeks to make a decision.

But despite the uncertainty, Kitchener boxer Mandy Bujold is pushing ahead with her training, although she has pulled back somewhat.

"The announcement to cancel the American Qualifiers happened a few days before things really started to escalate here in Canada so I decided to have a bit of a recovery week. Now with the recent announcement it definitely adds uncertainty on how I should approach my training right now." Bujold told on Monday.

Bujold is trying for her second Olympics, making her debut in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

And despite the uncertainty surrounding this summer's games, Bujold is still in preparation mode, "I am still staying active and I have quite a bit of gym equipment at home so I can workout in the basement. I've been going for runs and trying to enjoy the fresh air as much as possible. Spending the extra time at home with Kate (her young daughter) also means that I get to chase her around for extra conditioning."

She said she still needs time to process the possibility of the games being pushed back one year, and talk about it with her family, as well as her team.

"It's a big decision to make and my circumstances are much different than most athletes. I have a to take that all into consideration. I would say 2021 is an option but anything beyond that is likely out of the question." said Bujold.

with files from The Canadian Press

***Update: On Tuesday, the Olympics were officially postponed until 2021***

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