Team Canada statement regarding Sydney Pickrem

TOKYO (July 24, 2021) – Swimming Canada confirms that Sydney Pickrem has withdrawn from the 400m individual medley at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Statement from High Performance Director and National Coach John Atkinson, Swimming Canada’s Team Leader at the Games:

“Sydney Pickrem is withdrawing from the 400m individual medley due to medical reasons not related to COVID-19. We have made this decision in consultation with Sydney, our national team medical staff and her coach Ben Titley at the High Performance Centre – Ontario to protect her performances for the rest of the Olympic Games. With a very busy program that also consists of two other individual events which would have heats, semifinals and finals, and may also include relays, this decision is in the best interest of the athlete at this time. Our focus turns to supporting Sydney in her preparation for the 200m individual medley in two days’ time.”



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