According to reports, Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, spoke during a parliamentary session where he said the Tokyo Olympics cannot be held under current circumstances due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Abe said he hopes to hold talks with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) President, Thomas Bach, over the issue.
“If I’m asked whether we can hold the Olympics at this point in time, I would have to say that the world is not in such a condition. It’s important that not only our country but also all the other participating countries can take part in the games fully prepared,” he said.
PM Abe’s comments came a day after the IOC said it would study alternative plans for the Tokyo Olympics, which is scheduled to open on 24 July. The IOC said it would make an assessment within the next four weeks.
Abe noted that the IOC will have the final decision but that they all agree cancellation is not an option.
According to reports, Japanese government officials said preparations are underway for the games to go ahead as scheduled, and the flame for the Olympics arrived in Japan on Friday.
The Olympic Committees for both Canada and Australia have made statements that they would not send their athletes to the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
According to CNN, Australian Olympic Committee CEO, Matt Carroll, said athletes should prepare for the Tokyo Olympics in 2021.
“While we do not know how long the tunnel we are all in at this moment will be, we would like the Olympic Flame to be a light at the end of this tunnel,” IOC President, Thomas Bach.