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Japanese PM: IOC agrees '100 percent' to postpone Olympics for 1 year

Associated Press logo Associated Press 3/24/2020
A man walks past a large banner promoting the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Monday, March 23, 2020. The IOC will take up to four weeks to consider postponing the Tokyo Olympics amid mounting criticism of its handling of the coronavirus crisis that now includes Canada saying it won't send a team to the games this year and the leader of track and field, the biggest sport at the games, also calling for a delay. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) © Provided by Associated Press A man walks past a large banner promoting the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Monday, March 23, 2020. The IOC will take up to four weeks to consider postponing the Tokyo Olympics amid mounting criticism of its handling of the coronavirus crisis that now includes Canada saying it won't send a team to the games this year and the leader of track and field, the biggest sport at the games, also calling for a delay. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

TOKYO (AP) - Japanese Prime Minister Abe says IOC president has agreed "100%" to proposal of postponing Olympics for about 1 year.

This is a breaking news update. AP's earlier story is below. 

TOKYO (AP) — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will propose a one-year postponement for the Tokyo Olympics during talks with IOC President Thomas Bach, Japan’s NHK public television reported Tuesday.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, center, walks past Olympic Minister Seiko Hashimoto, right, to attend a cabinet meeting at his official residence in Tokyo Tuesday, March 24, 2020. Hashimoto said the global pandemic of coronavirus infections should end before Japan can proceed with hosting the Tokyo Olympic Games, after the meeting. Tokyo's organizers and International Olympic Committee are discussing a possible postponement and other scenarios. Abe and IOC President Thomas Bach are expected to hold telephone talks later Tuesday. At left is Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga. (Yoshitaka Sugawara/Kyodo News via AP) © Provided by Associated Press Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, center, walks past Olympic Minister Seiko Hashimoto, right, to attend a cabinet meeting at his official residence in Tokyo Tuesday, March 24, 2020. Hashimoto said the global pandemic of coronavirus infections should end before Japan can proceed with hosting the Tokyo Olympic Games, after the meeting. Tokyo's organizers and International Olympic Committee are discussing a possible postponement and other scenarios. Abe and IOC President Thomas Bach are expected to hold telephone talks later Tuesday. At left is Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga. (Yoshitaka Sugawara/Kyodo News via AP)

Abe said a postponement is unavoidable if the 2020 Games cannot be held in a complete manner amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Abe held telephone talks with Bach after the IOC said it would make a decision on the Tokyo Games over the next four weeks.

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