Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said a postponement of the Tokyo Olympics would be inevitable if the games cannot be held in a complete way. Also Read - Japanese Women's Team Pulls out of Asian Wrestling
According to report in channelnewsasia.com, Abe told parliament that Japan was still committed to a “complete” Games, but added: “If that becomes difficult, in light of considering athletes first, it may become inevitable that we make a decision to postpone.” Also Read - Nethra Kumanan Becomes First Indian Woman Sailor to Qualify For Olympics
He was commenting on the International Olympic Committee plan to examine the situation over the next few weeks and make a decision, which could include a postponement. Whether Tokyo can hold the Olympics as planned from July 24 has been a major international concern as the COVID-19 pandemic has spread globally. Also Read - India Judoka Squad Pulls Out of Olympic Qualifiers After Member Tests Positive For Coronavirus
Earlier, After several weeks of speculation and denying to think of an alternative, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has finally agreed to take a final call on the future of Tokyo Olympics 2020 amidst the Coronavirus pandemic which has swept the whole world. IOC president Thomas Bach on Sunday said that postponement is an option for the Tokyo Games but also gave assurance that the event will not be cancelled.
“Cancellation is not an option,” Abe said, echoing comments from IOC chief Thomas Bach, who ruled out scrapping the Games, saying it “would not solve any problem and would help nobody”.
On Monday morning The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC), backed by their Athletes’ Commissions, National Sports Organizations and the Government of Canada, to not send Canadian teams to the Olympic and Paralympic Games in the summer of 2020.