FILE PHOTO: Tokyo 2020 Olympics President Yoshiro Mori wipes his nose next to Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) President Yasuhiro Yamashita during the Olympic Flame arrival ceremony at Japan Air Self-Defense Force Matsushima Base in Higashi-Matsuhsima, Miyagi prefecture, northern Japan March 20, 2020. REUTERS/Issei Kato

TOKYO (Reuters) – Too long of a delay to the Olympic Games would be a burden to athletes preparing for the Tokyo 2020 games, the president of the Japan Olympic Committee said on Monday.

Yasuhiro Yamashita made the comment at a news conference on Monday, as speculation deepened that Japan would be forced to delay the Olympics because of the widening coronavirus outbreak.

(Reporting by Ju-min Park; Writing by David Dolan; Editing by Toby Chopra)

   

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