The Tokyo Olympics are to be postponed until 2021 following talks between the Japanese government and the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
The Japanese prime minister, Shinzo Abe, and the IOC president, Thomas Bach, met on Tuesday amid rumours of a delay following the Coronavirus outbreak.
“On the basis of the information the IOC has, postponement has been decided,” IOC member Dick Pound told USA today prior to the discussion.
“The parameters going forward have not been determined, but the Games are not going to start on 24 July, that much I know.”
Pound said a decision will “come in stages”
“We will postpone this and begin to deal with all the ramifications of moving this, which are immense.”
Hugh Robertson, the chairman of the British Olympic Association said Great Britain would be likely join Australia and Canada in not competing in Tokyo.