Tokyo Olympics 2020: Games will 'absolutely not' be delayed, says Japanese minister

The International Olympic Committee has reiterated its commitment to staging the Tokyo Games as scheduled, despite sport continuing to shut down across the world.

Earlier on Saturday (NZ time), the Hellenic Olympic Committee announced it would cancel all Greek legs of the Olympic torch relay, due to the coronavirus.

"We fully understand the decision taken by the Hellenic Olympic Committee (HOC), in association with the Greek Ministry of Health, to cancel the Greek leg of the Olympic torch relay," says the IOC.

"The handover of the Olympic flame will happen, as scheduled, on March 19, 2020. 

"The International Olympic Committee confirms its full commitment to the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020."

So far, IOC and Tokyo organising committee officials have resolutely refused to consider contingency measures for the Games, such as postponement or staging it without spectators.

On Saturday, this approach was stressed by Japanese Olympics minister Seiko Hashimoto, who said the Games would "absolutely not" be delayed.

Thursday's flame-lighting ceremony in Greece was the first since 1984 to take place without spectators.