Japan health minister says too early to talk about canceling Olympics

Reuters

Posted at Feb 25 2020 11:35 AM

Summer sunshine is seen through Olympic rings displayed at Nihonbashi district in Tokyo, Japan in this August 5, 2019 file photo. Issei Kato, Reuters

TOKYO - Japanese health minister Katsunobu Kato said on Tuesday it was still too early to talk about canceling the Tokyo Summer Olympics, which start on July 24, due to the coronavirus and its spread in Japan.

Questions have risen about whether the Olympics should be moved or canceled, with one London mayoral candidate saying London was ready to host the games if needed.

Kato's comments came after the minister was asked about such views at a news conference.

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