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Japan Says End of May Is Key Stage for Tokyo Olympics Decision

  • Contract specifies Games must be held in 2020, Hashimoto says
  • Reiterates gov’t working to hold Games from July as planned

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Japan’s Olympics minister said it would theoretically be possible to delay this summer’s Tokyo Olympics to a later date in 2020 amid worries the coronavirus could cause the Games to be canceled for the first time since World War Two.

Seiko Hashimoto told a parliamentary committee the delay within the calendar year was possible under the terms under which Tokyo was awarded the Games but Japan was pressing ahead with the currently planned July 24 start. Hashimoto also said she understood from comments made by International Olympics Committee member Dick Pound that the end of May would be a key stage for the decision.