(net table) - The 2020 Olympic and Paralympic games in Tokyo were thrown into in addition doubt after Canada became the primary foremost country to withdraw.

Japan’s prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, admitted for the first time that the games may be postponed.

Australia’s crew said it become clear the games couldn't go in advance, even as the British Olympic association said it become unlikely so that it will ship a group.


The international Olympic Committee is anticipated to decide in four weeks’ time.

It said postponement - however no longer cancellation - changed into an alternative being tested.

What did Canada say?

The Canadian Olympic Committee and Canadian Paralympic Committee said on Sunday that that they had taken "the difficult choice" to withdraw after consulting athletes, sports businesses, and the Canadian authorities.

They then "urgently known as" at the IOC, global Paralympic Committee and international health business enterprise, to put off the video games for a year.

"at the same time as we comprehend the inherent complexities round a postponement, not anything is more critical than the fitness and protection of our athletes and the sector network," their declaration stated.

The Canadians later published a message on Twitter announcing: "postpone nowadays. Conquer the next day."

Canadian top Minister Justin Trudeau instructed newshounds on Monday: "This become without a doubt the right call and every person must observe their lead."

What did Shinzo Abe say?

For weeks, japanese officials have stated the games will cross ahead as deliberate.

however, speakme in parliament on Monday, Mr Abe admitted for the first time that Tokyo 2020 might ought to be not on time.

"If it's miles hard to preserve [the games] in a whole manner, a choice of postponement might be unavoidable as we think the athletes’ protection is paramount," he said.

but he insisted the games would not be cancelled altogether.

The Olympics have in no way been postponed or cancelled in peacetime. The 1940 Olympics - which have been known as off because of global warfare - had been due to be held in Tokyo.