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Canadian Kim Gaucher won in her quest to bring baby Sophie to the Tokyo Olympics.
The International Olympic Committee has announced that it will now allow breastfeeding mothers to bring their children to Tokyo.The news comes after Gaucher, a member of Canada’s women’s basketball team, made a moving appeal via Instagram for her three-month-old daughter, Sophie, to travel with her to the Games.
Gaucher, a 37-year-old woman from Mission, B.C., said the IOC is forcing her to make a tough choice: skip the Olympics or spend 28 days in Tokyo without her daughter, who she is still breastfeeding.
“We warmly welcome the fact that so many mothers can continue to compete at the highest level, including at the Olympics,” the IOC said in a statement on Wednesday. “We are very happy to hear that the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee has found a special solution regarding entry to Japan for breastfeeding mothers and their young children. “
The IOC had stipulated that no family could travel to Tokyo due to COVID-19 restrictions, but Gaucher stressed that international media and sponsors can travel to Tokyo and that a limited number of Japanese spectators will be allowed. on the sites.
“The Japanese fans are going to be there, the arenas are going to be half full, but I won’t have access to my daughter?” Gaucher asked.
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“We tried calls. Everyone says they’re on board, but there’s nothing nobody can do. Let’s see if we can tell the difference. We are in 2021. Let’s make working mothers normal. “
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