Olympic Games may be postponed; Cancellation is not an option

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.”

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Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (Photo: Lowy Institute)

“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.