The Canadian Paralympic Committee have reiterated its commitment to its athletes during the coronavirus crisis ©CPC

The Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) has reiterated its commitment to its athletes during the coronavirus crisis. 

This promise was made in a CPC statement signed by President Marc-André Fabien and chief executive Karen O’Neill. 

"In these challenging and uncertain times, we wanted to reach out to all of you to assure that the Canadian Paralympic Committee remains committed to providing the best support and guidance to our community," the CPC statement said. 

"Our first priority will always be the health, safety, and well-being of Canadian athletes, coaches, officials, and staff. 

"This is an evolving situation every single day and we are monitoring new developments on an ongoing basis and adjusting as required."

The CPC then went on to discuss the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics, with concerns rising that the Games may be cancelled or postponed due to the ongoing pandemic. 

International Paralympic Committee (IPC) President Andrew Parsons led talks with International Federations, National Paralympic Committees and athletes' representatives to discuss the crisis.

Numerous qualifiers in Olympic and Paralympic sports have been postponed or cancelled amid travel restrictions and bans on events involving a certain number of participants imposed by Governments to curb the spread of the virus.

Classification has also been hit and the IPC has told federations to prioritise those who are due to compete at the Paralympic Games.

Both the IPC and International Olympic Committee have claimed Tokyo 2020 is going ahead as planned. 

The CPC revealed it is in constant communication with the IPC and asked for "patience and understanding" while things are worked out. 

The coronavirus crisis has led to fears that the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games may be cancelled ©Getty Images
The coronavirus crisis has led to fears that the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games may be cancelled ©Getty Images

"The priority right now for the IPC is revising plans for Tokyo 2020," the CPC said.

"The IPC is working around the clock, alongside International Federations, to develop adjusted and fair qualification scenarios and criteria, as well as plans for classification. 

"These processes take time and will require everyone’s patience and understanding.

"We are paying attention to the cancellation and postponement of events, and the fact that most athletes are unable to train due to lack of access to training facilities.  

"We are paying attention to classification; there will be no classification at the Games, and so the IPC is planning solutions based on suggestions from its members and international federations. 

"Each sport will ultimately have specific information available for these key areas."

Worldwide, there more than 255,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus and more than 10,000 deaths, with CPC calling the situation "unprecedented."

"This pandemic has altered our entire country’s systems, and the globe as a whole," it said. 

"We are paying attention to this first and foremost, and how this impacts our Canadian athletes and their training and preparation.

"These are unprecedented and difficult times, and we are all in this together - working to do the best we can to slow the spread, protect our vulnerable population, and help our community as much as we can. 

"We all have a responsibility as global citizens."