2020 Tokyo Olympics: Abe, IOC chief Bach hold crunch talks today

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Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike: concerned about fate of 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe would today hold crunch talks over the phone with IOC President Thomas Bach on the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

The talks at 11.00 GMT come as Australia joined Canada to pull out of the games and more countries piled pressure for the postponement by one year.

British organisers said they were likely to follow Australia and Canada. They will announce a decision on Tuesday after meeting with sporting body representatives.

New Zealand Olympic organisers also seek a swift decision to allow teams to reset and prepare for a delayed event.

The United States has added its significant weight to calls for the Tokyo Games to be postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. IOC cannot ignore U.S. position.

Rights deal with American broadcaster NBC to televise the Olympics represents between 50% to 70% of the IOC’s total annual revenues.

The IOC and Japanese government have announced a month-long consultation before a final decision is made. Member nations want a quicker decision.

The Sankei newspaper reported Japan’s government is negotiating with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to postpone the Games by up to a year, in what would be a first in the Olympics’ 124-year modern history.

On Monday, former IOC board member Dick Pound said the Swiss-based body appeared to have decided to delay the event, likely for a year, due to the virus.

The outbreak has now infected more than 377,000 across 194 countries and territories globally as of Tuesday morning.

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