The Tokyo 2020 Olympics may face a two-year postponement due to the coronavirus threat.
Tokyo 2020 organizing committee member Haruyuki Takahashi said that the postponement of the Summer Games to 2022 is “more likely” than outright cancellation.
The two-year postponement would take a lighter toll on financial ramifications for the International Olympic Committee compared to cancelling the Games altogether.
However, other officials from the IOC and Tokyo 2020 have repeatedly insisted the Games will go on ahead as planned in July and August despite the threat.
A number of big sports leagues across the globe have already issued suspensions and cancellations due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The NBA suspended its season for at least 30 days starting last Wednesday after a player tested positive for the virus. European footballers also tested positive for the virus.