Moscow, Mar 23: The Tokyo Olympics could be postponed if the Games cannot be held safely in full format amid the coronavirus pandemic, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says.
"If it is difficult to hold the games in such a way [full format], we have to decide to postpone it, giving top priority to (the health of the) athletes," Abe said on Monday morning, as quoted by Kyodo News.
"Although the IOC will make a final decision (on the matter), we are of the same view that cancellation is not an option," he added.
President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Thomas Bach said on Sunday that a final decision on the possible postponement of the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo would be made in four weeks.
The USA Track and Field (USATF), the governing body of the US athletics federation, urged on Saturday to postpone the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, which are scheduled to take place on July 24-August 9.
The Royal Spanish Athletics Federation (RFEA), as well as Brazil’s and Norway’s Olympic Committees have also called for postponing the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
On Sunday, the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and the Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) announced that they were not going to send their teams to the Tokyo Olympics and called for postponing the games for one year. (UNI-Sputnik)