(STAR) Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Saturday night (March 14) resisted pressure for changes to the Tokyo Olympics schedule even as sporting events worldwide fall victim to the Covid-19 (coronavirus) outbreak.
Abe pledged Japan would host the Games as planned in July and said he had no immediate intention to declare a state of emergency over the virus outbreak, which has now seen more than 140,000 people infected across the globe and over 5,400 killed.
His comments come two days after US President Donald Trump suggested the Japanese capital postpone the Games for a year as the spread of the virus wreaks havoc on the sporting calendar.
Abe also said in a press conference on Saturday morning that all preparations for the Olympics are going ahead as planned.
“We will respond by closely coordinating with officials concerned, including the IOC (International Olympic Committee). There is no change in this,” Abe told a news conference in the evening. READ MORE
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