International Olympic Committee agrees to delay Tokyo Olympics 1 year

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TOKYO (AP) -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says IOC President Thomas Bach has agreed "100%" to his proposal of postponing the Tokyo Olympics for about one year until 2021 because of the coronavirus outbreak.

Bach had previously said the IOC would make an announcement about postponing the 2020 Olympics in the next four weeks.

Abe said after his telephone talks with Bach that he requested a postponement "taking into consideration the current circumstances" and to secure an environment in which athletes can perform at their best and crowds can be safe and secure.