No committee move on deferring Tokyo 2020

A senior official of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics organising committee said on Saturday it is not at the stage of deciding whether or not to postpone or cancel the event, Kyodo news agency reported.

The committee member was responding to a request from Norway's Olympic committee not to host the event until the coronavirus spread is under control, it said.

"The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is the one making the final decision. We will firmly continue our efforts to host the event in July," Toshiaki Endo, vice president of the committee, told Kyodo news.

Norway's Olympic committee has become the latest nation to ask for the rescheduling of the Games, joining Colombia and Slovenia who made similar requests on Friday.

Sports leagues and Olympic trials around the world have been suspended, however the IOC have said they do not intend to cancel the Games, set to begin on July 24.

Amid the concerns, an Olympic torch event drew hundreds of spectators as the flame arrived on Friday in northern Japan.

The flame will travel around the Tohoku region hit by the earthquake and tsunami in 2011, in what organisers call a 'recovery flame' tour before the official kick-off ceremony in Fukushima on March 26.