Japan PM: Delay an option if Olympics can't be held fully

The Olympics rings made with various materials and Japan national team's uniforms are on display at Tokyo Olympic Museum, in Tokyo, Monday, March 23, ...
A woman pauses for photos next to the Olympic rings near the New National Stadium in Tokyo, Monday, March 23, 2020. The IOC will take up to four weeks...
A woman walks past the New National Stadium, a venue for the opening and closing ceremonies at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, in Tokyo, Monday, March 23, 20...

The Olympics rings made with various materials and Japan national team's uniforms are on display at Tokyo Olympic Museum, in Tokyo, Monday, March 23, ...

A woman pauses for photos next to the Olympic rings near the New National Stadium in Tokyo, Monday, March 23, 2020. The IOC will take up to four weeks...

A woman walks past the New National Stadium, a venue for the opening and closing ceremonies at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, in Tokyo, Monday, March 23, 20...

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday said a postponement of Tokyo Olympics would be unavoidable if the games cannot be held in a complete way because of the coronavirus pandemic.

He was commenting on the International Olympic Committee's plan to examine the situation over the next few weeks and make a decision, which could include the option to postpone.

Abe, speaking at a parliamentary session, ruled out the possibility of a cancellation.

Whether Japan can hold the Tokyo Games as planned from July 24 has been a major international concern as the COVID-19 outbreak has spread globally.

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