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Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Tokyo considers 1-year Olympic postponement: sources

Abe to hold call with IOC chief Bach later Tuesday

A man wearing a face mask walks past the Olympic Rings in front of the Japan Olympic Museum in Shinjuku on March 24. (Photo by Ken Kobayashi)

TOKYO -- The Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games is considering a one-year delay as the preferred option for the event, according to people familiar with the matter.

The committee decided that holding the games in 2020 would be difficult as the coronavirus pandemic may not be under control, and postponing by two years would heavily impact athletes.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will hold a call with International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach later Tuesday.

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