Tokyo 2020 Games could be postponed due to deadly coronavirus says Japan's Olympic minister
Japan's Olympic minister has announced that the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games could be postponed until later in the year amid fears surrounding the spread of coronavirus.
Seiko Hashimoto said the city's contract with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) 'calls for the Games to be held within 2020' meaning they must still take place this year but could be moved from the summer to a time when the virus presents less of a risk.
She said this clause 'could be interpreted as allowing a postponement'.
The games are currently scheduled to take place between July 24 and August 9 and Hashimoto added: "We are doing all we can to ensure that the Games go ahead as planned."
Last week IOC President Thomas Bach said they are 'fully committed' to the event going ahead as, and when, planned.
Under the hosting agreement, the IOC, rather than the Tokyo 2020 organisers, hold the right to cancel the games.
No date has yet been announced as to when a decision will be made regarding the games.