Tokyo city’s Governor Yuriko Koike said on Thursday it might be necessary to a stage a “simplified” Olympics next year due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Koike said organisers were already discussing possible changes.
He said this was necessary if there were no signs of COVID-19 being eradicated.
“For that, we need to rationalise what needs to be rationalised and simplify what needs to be simplified.”
The Japanese newspaper, Yomiuri, cited government and organising committee sources.
The options being considered include making Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests mandatory for all spectators — in addition to athletes and staff.
Another one is that of limiting movement in and out of the athletes village.
These were among the options Japan would discuss with the IOC.
“At this stage, we have no concrete outcome yet. But we are keen to continue the discussions,” said Takaya.
“The spread of the novel coronavirus … is something very ambiguous and we have no ability to completely understand what the situation will look like next year.”
A further delay beyond 2021 has been ruled out.
Japan has had some 17,000 infections and 900 known deaths to date.