[size=36]Abe, Prime Minister of Japan: Abolishing the Tokyo Olympics may be an option[/size]
, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Monday that the postponement of the Tokyo Olympics might become an option if it was impossible to hold the Games "in full".
Abe told parliament that canceling the Games is not an available option.
The International Olympic Committee said it had begun preparing for "alternative plans" for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, including postponement after an emergency meeting on Sunday.
The Olympic Committee will hold detailed discussions including the option to postpone the start of the games on July 24 due to the global outbreak of the Corona virus, but said that canceling the Games completely would not solve any problems or help anyone.
"And therefore the cancellation is not up for discussion," the International Olympic Committee said, adding that the discussions would be completed within four weeks.
The peace games were never canceled or postponed, but the decision of the International Olympic Committee to consider the possibility of the postponement was met with a feeling of relief from many of its partners, including the International Athletics Federation, the Olympic Committee for Special Needs, and some prominent national Olympic committees.
Under increasing pressure from athletes, federations and the National Olympic Committees to postpone the Games, the International Olympics partially retreated today, Sunday, after long confirming that the Olympics would be held on time.
The Special Needs Committee, whose Olympic Games are held from August 25 to September 6, said the Olympic Committee made the right decision according to the circumstances.
"The next four weeks will provide time to see if the global health situation improves or not, while giving the opportunity to consider alternative plans if the Olympics are set to change," added Andrew Parsons, chair of the committee.
The International Athletics Federation said it is ready to work "with the International Olympic Committee and all other sports to find alternative dates."
More than 13,000 people have died around the world since the outbreak, now concentrated in Europe, is widespread.
The opposition to the Games in July increased sharply in the last 48 hours, and some parties concerned, such as the American Athletics Federation and several National Olympic Committees, were called to postpone it due to the epidemic.
And they raised several issues during the past week with the International Olympic Committee, including the athletes' inability to prepare due to the restrictions caused by the virus. Ended 29 / A 43