The final decision on the postponement of the Olympic and Paralympic Games will be taken by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), but there is no question of canceling them. This was stated by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, speaking in Parliament.
He noted that if the Games can not be held in full format, their postponement is possible. “We must first think about the athletes, and it is possible that we will have to make a decision about postponing,” Abe said. He added that Japan shares the IOC’s position that there are no plans to cancel the Games completely.
IOC President Thomas Bach said earlier that the final decision on a possible postponement of the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo will be made in four weeks. The World Health Organization has discussed the possibility of holding the 2020 Olympics without an audience. The Olympics were to be held from 24 July to 9 August. In Japan, 1,101 cases of COVID-19 infection were confirmed, 712 more people fell ill on the cruise ship Diamond Princess. 49 people died of the disease.