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Not discussed new dates for Tokyo Olympics with Japan PM: IOC president

IOC president Thomas Bach says alarming figures in the past few days about the coronavirus were key to deciding the Tokyo Olympics must be postponed

AP | PTI  |  Lausanne 

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A woman pauses for photos next to the Olympic rings near the New National Stadium in Tokyo. Photo: AP | PTI

IOC president Thomas Bach says he did not discuss new dates for the in talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

One option would be July 23-Aug. 8. That is exactly one year from the now-postponed July 24-Aug. 9 dates.

Bach says the exact dates is a question for the Tokyo organizing committee and an panel overseeing the preparations.

Swimming and track have their biennial world championships scheduled to start in July or August 2021.
 

Bach says alarming figures in the past few days about the were key to deciding the Tokyo must be postponed.

Bach cites the World Health Organization saying in the last couple of hours that Africa has to prepare for the worst.

The IOC has been advised by the WHO, which said Monday the pandemic is accelerating.

Bach says the original health issue for hosting the Tokyo was could Japan offer a safe welcome" and the IOC was confident it could.

First Published: Tue, March 24 2020. 21:34 IST