Tokyo Olympic Games: Olympians who are breastfeeding may have to leave their infants behind

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Photo credit: Kevin C. Cox - Getty Images
Photo credit: Kevin C. Cox - Getty Images
  • Under current regulations, children will not be allowed to travel with their mothers to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games this summer.

  • A number of female athletes, including runner Aliphine Tuliamuk, have spoken out against these rules.

Aliphine Tuliamuk won the US Marathon Olympic Trials with a time of 2:27:23. She is due to take part in the women's Olympic marathon, which will take place on August 7 in Sapporo, Japan, but the current regulations state her four-month-old daughter will not be allowed to accompany her to the Games.

Speaking to Washington Post, Tuliamuk said 'If I’m going to perform my best, she’s going to have to be there with me — and I hope she will be.'

Ten weeks out from the opening ceremony of the rescheduled games, Tuliamuk is still unsure whether her petition to have her fiance Tim Gannon and baby Zoe join her at the Games will be approved. At present, due to Japan’s ban on foreign spectators, athletes' families will not be able to join them at the Olympics and this ban also applies to infant children of female athletes.

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'I am still nursing Zoe and cannot imagine her not being with me,' Tuliamuk said.

Other female athletes have also spoken out about the ban, including Serena Williams, who suggested in an interview earlier this month that she would not travel to Tokyo if her three-year-old daughter, Olympia, was unable to come with her.

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