February 26, 2020 / 10:03 AM / a month ago

Tokyo Olympics considers scaling down torch relay amid coronavirus fears

People wearing protective face masks, following an outbreak of the coronavirus, are seen next to the Olympic rings in front of the Japan Olympic Museum in Tokyo, Japan, February 26, 2020. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

TOKYO (Reuters) - Tokyo Olympics officials are considering scaling down the torch relay due to concerns over the coronavirus outbreak, the chief executive of the organising committee said on Wednesday.

The committee’s basic stance was that the Olympics and Paralympics would go ahead as planned, Toshiro Muto told reporters.

Japan has moved to quell fears that the Olympics might be cancelled after International Olympic Committee member Dick Pound was quoted by the Associated Press as saying the Games would more likely be cancelled than postponed or moved if the virus forced any change in the schedule.

Reporting by Kiyoshi Takenaka; Editing by Andrew Heavens

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