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IOC sets 4-week deadline for decision on 2020 Summer Olympics

The International Olympic Committee agreed Sunday to explore other options for the 2020 Games, including the possibility of postponement.

A decision should be made within the next four weeks, the IOC said in a release.

The IOC and host country Japan faced mounting pressure from athletes and national governing bodies after the coronavirus became a global pandemic, with more 300,000 cases worldwide.

According to the statement, the IOC will gather more information from national Olympic committees about the impact the outbreak has had on training for the Games. Earlier this week USA Track & Field joined USA Swimming in calling for a postponement of the Games, which are scheduled to begin July 24.