March 25, 2020 / 3:45 AM / 3 months ago

Japan says U.S. President Trump supports Olympic delay '100%'

U.S. President Donald Trump leads the daily coronavirus response briefing at the White House in Washington, U.S. March 24, 2020. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

TOKYO (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump fully supports a delay in the Tokyo Olympics agreed between Japan and the international Olympic panel, a Japanese government spokesman said on Wednesday, citing comments made to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in a telephone call.

“President Trump repeatedly said the postponement is an excellent and wise decision,” Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Akihiro Nishimura told a news briefing. “There was a remark that he supports Prime Minister Abe’s stance 100%.”

On Tuesday, the Tokyo Games were postponed to 2021, for the first time in the event’s 124-year modern history, because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Reporting by Kiyoshi Takenaka; Editing by Clarence Fernandez

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