In the 124-years history of the modern Olympics, the games have never been postponed, although it has been cancelled three times – in 1916, 1940 and 1944 due to the two world wars.
Mr. Abe held talks with International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach on Monday and said a postponement is unavoidable if the 2020 games cannot take place this year due to measures taken to combat COVID-19, reports NHK television.
Earlier, Thomas Bach, the President of the IOC had said, “The cancellation is not on the agenda. We are committed to the success of these Games.”
“Of course we are considering different scenarios. What makes this crisis so unique and so difficult to overcome is the uncertainty. Nobody today can tell you what the developments are tomorrow, what they are in one month, not to mention in more than four months.”
On Monday, Canada and Australia confirmed that they would not be sending their athletes to Tokyo for their own safety, while the British and French governments had urged the IOC to make a quick decision.