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Abe admits postponing Tokyo Olympics may be option

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Christian Fernsby ▼ | March 23, 2020
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said for the first time on Monday Tokyo Olympics could be postponed if it could not be held in its complete form because of the coronavirus pandemic.
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After an emergency meeting on Sunday, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said it was stepping up its "scenario planning" for the 2020 Games due to start on July 24, which would include a possible postponement.

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Abe said that while cancelling the Games was not an option, a delay was now on the cards if that was the only way to hold the event in its complete form.

"If that becomes difficult, we may have no option but to consider postponing the Games," he told parliament.

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

The Olympics have never been postponed or cancelled during peacetime but the IOC's decision to even consider postponement was met with relief. The Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) welcomed the IOC decision on Monday and said athletes should now prepare for a Tokyo Olympic Games in the northern summer of 2021.