Japan may be left with no choice but to postpone the 2020 Olympics games because of the impact of the coronavirus-COVID-19.
This is according to Japan’s Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe. He told Parliament on Monday that Japan was still committed to a “complete” Games, but said that: “if that becomes difficult, in light of considering athletes first, it may become inevitable that we make a decision to postpone.”
“Cancellation is not an option,” Abe said, echoing the sentiments expressed by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
The IOC had also indicated that postponement of the games is a likely scenario.
The IOC is responsible for making final decisions on the games.
The Tokyo Olympic Games was scheduled to open on July 24, 2020.