PM Abe gets emergency powers from Japan parliament to tackle coronavirus outbreak

Sunday, 15 Mar, 2020

"We want to hold the Olympics as planned without any trouble by overcoming the spread of infections", he said.

An exclusive in The Times on Thursday says that a sequence of events that will see the games behind closed doors implemented, will start with the number of UK Coronavirus cases going past the 500 mark.

Abe and Trump held a call after those comments, prompting the USA president to say on Twitter that the Olympic venue was magnificent.

After the call, Trump tweeted that he told Abe "that the just completed Olympic venue is magnificent".

Two World Rowing Cups, the European Olympic and Paralympic Qualification Regatta and the final Paralympic Qualification Regatta, all due to be held in Italy between April 10 and May 10, have been cancelled http://www.worldrowing.com/news/communication-joint-decisions-related-the-impact-the-novel-coronavirus-covid-2020-world-rowing-events-italy. Holding the Olympics without fans has been floated, as has simply canceling the Olympics, which has only happened during wartime.

The coronavirus, which originally broke out in China, has infected more than 135,000 people and caused over 4,900 deaths. By Friday morning, the virus had killed 26 in the country, including 7 from the ship, the tally showed.

So far major sporting events in the United Kingdom have gone ahead asplanned - including Six Nations games, Premier League matches and theCheltenham festival. Japan has shuttered schools.

- Euroleague Basketball suspended all 2019-20 EuroLeague, EuroCup and Euroleague Next Generation Tournament games.

There will be around 100 accredited guests from the International Olympic Committee and the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee who will be attending Thursday's event in the ancient city of Olympia.

The government is already working on a huge-scale fiscal spending package, while the Bank of Japan is expected to take additional monetary easing steps to ease the economic strain from the virus. A sponsor representative said the plans were confidential and were not being shared with the companies.

Greece's Olympic Committee cancelled the remainder of the torch relay through the country on Friday to avoid attracting crowds. He said he will personally be in Fukushima Prefecture to welcome the arrival of the Olympic Flame on the Japanese soil on March 26. The postponement will also allow the foreign players to join the IPL from the start of the tournament.

Japan will aim to spearhead cooperation among major nations around the world to support a weakening global economy, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said, warning that policy coordination was critical to fight "disruptions" in world financial markets.