Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says Tokyo 2020 will go ahead

Shinzo Abe says Tokyo 2020 will still go ahead (PA Images)
16:19pm, Sat 14 Mar 2020
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Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has said the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will go ahead despite fears over coronavirus.

Several high profile sporting events across the world have been postponed including elite British football, the Champions League, Six Nations matches and Formula 1 in Vietnam, but Tokyo is still set to take place. 

However the International Olympic Committee has the final decision. 

Abe said: "We will overcome the spread of the infection and host the Olympics without problem, as planned."

The recent Olympic Torch relay in Greece was suspended in order to avoid large crowds as the ceremony was held in ancient Olympia without spectators. 

And Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike added: "We're taking thorough infection measures with regards to the torch relay domestically."

The Olympic Games starts on July 24 and the Paralympics will begin on August 25. 

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