The IOC explained in a statement Wednesday: “”We are very pleased to hear that the Tokyo 2020 organizing Committee has found a special solution regarding the entry to Japan for mothers who are breastfeeding and their young children.”

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Canadian basketball team stalwart Kim Gaucher of Mission can now bring her three-month-old daughter Sophie to the Tokyo Olympics.

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The International Olympic Committee says it will now allow breastfeeding moms to have their children at the Games. They had previously stated that no family would be permitted to accompany the athletes. The Tokyo Olympics is closed to international fans as well, due to concerns about COVID-19.

Smith, 37, had made an emotional plea on Instagram, stating that the IOC was forcing her to either skip the Olympics or spend 28 days without her daughter.

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Gaucher, a former high school star with the Heritage Park Highlanders, is one of the best players that B.C. has ever developed. She debuted with the national team in 2001, when she was still playing at Heritage Park. This will be her third Olympics.

“We’ve gone all the traditional routes. We’ve tried appeals. Everybody says they’re on board but nobody can do anything. We need the help of the internet,” Gaucher said her in Instagram post. “If anybody knows anybody, anything…let’s see if we can a difference. It’s 2021. Let’s make working moms normal.”

The Canadian Olympic Committee and Canada Basketball put out a joint statement after Gaucher’s post, explaining that they had made an appeal to the Tokyo Olympic organizers on Gaucher’s behalf.

“In any other Games scenario, we would have long ago found a solution,” it explained.


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