Breastfeeding athletes can bring children to Tokyo – Organisers

After outcry from moms over strict limits on bringing family to the Games, organizers have declared that breastfeeding athletes will be permitted to bring children to the Tokyo Olympics “when required.”

Some competitors were relieved by the clarification, while US football player Alex Morgan chastised the organizers for keeping her in the dark about the requirements.

Athletes’ families are not permitted to attend the Games, which have been postponed due to the pandemic, according to anti-virus regulations that the organizers claim are necessary to ensure the event’s safety.

However, following “careful assessment of the particular situation,” organizers have established an exemption for breastfeeding newborns, stating that they will be permitted to accompany their mothers “when necessary.”

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Nursing children will not be allowed to stay at the Olympic Village though, and must stay in private accommodation such as hotels.

Organisers said in a statement late on Wednesday that it was “inspiring that so many athletes with young children are able to continue competing at the highest levels.”

The statement added that they were “committed to doing everything possible to enable them to perform at the Tokyo 2020 Games.”

US football star Alex Morgan, whose daughter Charlie turned one in May, said the policy did not go far enough.

“Still not sure what ‘when necessary’ even means,” the twice-Women’s World Cup winner and Olympic gold-medallist, tweeted late Wednesday.

“Is that determined by the mother or the IOC? We are Olympic mothers telling you, it is necessary. I have not been contacted about being able to bring my daughter with me to Japan and we leave in 7 days.”

Athletes had complained about the rules on social media, with Canadian basketball player Kim Gaucher saying she was “being forced to decide between being a breastfeeding mum or an Olympic athlete” in an Instagram video.

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