Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said for the first time on Monday that the Tokyo Olympic Games may need to be postponed if the event cannot be held in its “complete form” due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Iran Press/Asia: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Monday, March 23 that postponing the Tokyo Olympic Games may become an option if holding the event in "complete form" becomes impossible.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) said on Sunday after an emergency meeting that it is stepping up its “scenario planning” for the Tokyo 2020 Games – including a possible postponement – as the coronavirus pandemic spreads.

Japan's Prime Minister said the IOC decision on Sunday was in line with the view that the Tokyo Games should be held in its complete form.

“If that becomes difficult, we may have no option but to consider postponing the Games”, given the Olympics’ principle of putting the health of athletes first, he told Parliament.

Shinzo Abe also said canceling the Games was not an option.

He said he had conveyed his views about the fate of the Olympics to Tokyo Games chief Yoshiro Mori on Sunday evening, who then discussed the issue with IOC President Thomas Bach.

It is better to have a decision as early as possible on whether to postpone the Games, although the final decision is up to the IOC, Abe added.


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