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
which made similar requests on Friday.
Sports leagues and Olympic trials around the world have been
suspended, however the IOC has said it does 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 at a northern city in
The flame will travel round the Tohoku region hit by the
earthquake and tsunami in 2011, in what organizers call a
"recovery flame" tour before the official kick-off ceremony in
Fukushima on March 26.
(Reporting by Junko Fujita; Editing by Raju Gopalakrishnan)
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