Tokyo 2020 organizers clear breastfeeding mothers to bring children to Olympics.

Written by on July 2, 2021

Tokyo 2020 organisers say nursing children can accompany Olympic athletes to Tokyo when necessary.

It comes after Canadian basketball star Kim Gaucher, who has a three-month-old daughter, said she was being forced to choose between being a breastfeeding mum or an Olympic athlete.

Organisers have banned athletes’ families attending the Games due to Covid-19 safety protocols.

USA footballer Alex Morgan says she is still unsure over the new guidance.

When asked for clarity around the issue on Thursday, Tokyo 2020 organisers explained that Children in this category must be within nursing age

The Recent Development means Gaucher will now be able to bring her daughter with her to Tokyo, and said she was so relieved She don’t have to make the decision.

Team GB archer Naomi Folkard welcomed the decision but said it had come too late for her to change her plans.

Her five-month-old daughter Emily will remain in the UK while she is competing in Japan.

Folkard will leave enough frozen breastmilk to last for the two weeks she is away.

Alex Morgan
however said she was still not sure what “when necessary” even means”.

It added that as the Olympic village is restricted to athletes and team officials, children must stay in separate, private accommodation.

An International Olympic Committee (IOC) spokesperson said the governing body was Pleased organisers found a special solution regarding the entry to Japan for mothers who are breastfeeding and their young children.

The Olympics start on 23 July, with up to 10,000 Japanese fans permitted at venues, while overseas fans are banned.

Credit: BBC


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