TORONTO (AP) — Canadian basketball player Kim Gaucher, who is breastfeeding her infant daughter, has won in her quest to bring the baby to the, which she called “the right decision for women in sports.”
The International Olympic Committee announced Wednesday that nursing mothers will bring their babies to Tokyo. The move comes after Gaucher emotionally pleads viato have 3-month-old Sophie travel with her to the Games.
Gaucher, a 37-year-old from Mission, British Columbia, said the IOC forced her to make a tough choice: skip thewithout her daughter.
“We very much welcome the fact that so many mothers can continue to compete at the, including at the Olympic Games,” the IOC said. “We are very pleased to hear that the Committee has found a special solution regarding entry to Japan for breastfeeding mothers and their young children.”
Gaucher said she heard the news from her husband at training camp in Florida Wednesday morning.
“I’m thrilled and very thankful for all thewho fought for this and helped out with this,” she said. “There can be moments of frustration, but I think women’s sports are evolving, and some s it takes a little time for everyone to get on the same page. I’m happy that this decision has been . The right decision for , and we can move forward.”
The IOC had stipulated that no family could travel to Tokyo due to. Still, Gaucher pointed out that international media and sponsors may to Tokyo, and a capped number of Japanese spectators will be allowed in venues.
“Japanese, the arenas are going to be half full, but I will not have access to my daughter?” Gaucher said in her video. “We’ve tried appeals. they’re on board, but nobody can do anything. Let’s see if we can make a difference. It’s 2021. Let’s make normal.”
The new policy affects other athletes who have qualified for Tokyo, including U.S. soccer star Alex Morgan, whose daughter, Charlie, was born in May 2020 and has accompanied her mother on the road.
Morgan toldthat it was necessary “to allow mothers the option to have their kids with them while they compete. . . if a child is under 1 or 2, they might still be breastfeeding, so that’s a huge piece of it.”