Tokyo Olympics postponed amid fears over coronavirus outbreak

The Tokyo Olympics are to be postponed for one year after the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe agreed to a delay

The Games, which were due to take place between 24 July-9 August, look set to be put back after Abe held talks with IOC president Thomas Bach

"We asked President Bach to consider postponement of about one year to make it possible for athletes to play in the best condition, and to make the event a safe and secure one for spectators," Abe said.

"President Bach said he is in agreement 100 percent."

Just six days ago the IOC had insisted they were "fully committed" to the Games going ahead as planned.

But criticism from key figures in athletics grew recently, while Canada said it would not be participating and Australia told its athletes to prepare for a 2021 Games, and the IOC have now backed down on their claim and agreed to postpone it.

British Olympic Association chairman Sir Hugh Robertson also shared his concerns at the time, saying: "We welcome the IOC executive board decision to review the options in respect of a postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

"However, we urge rapid decision-making for the sake of athletes who still face significant uncertainty.


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