March 11, 2020 / 10:25 AM / a month ago

Tokyo 2020 Olympics chief: not considering changing plans for games

Tokyo 2020 president Yoshiro Mori speaks to the media in Tokyo, Japan, March 11, 2020. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido

TOKYO (Reuters) - Tokyo 2020 Olympics chief Yoshiro Mori said on Wednesday his team was not considering changing plans for the games and that the board member who had suggested a delay because of the coronavirus had apologised.

Earlier, a member of the organising committee’s executive board told Reuters that a delay of one or two years would be the “most feasible” option if the Olympics could not be held this summer.

“It is our basic stance that we press ahead with preparation for a safe and secure Olympics,” Mori told reporters. “Therefore we are not at all thinking about changing courses or plans.”

Reporting by Kiyoshi Takenaka, writing by Elaine Lies, editing by Andrew Heavens

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