TOKYO -- AP -- Tokyo Olympic organizing committee CEO Toshiro Muto has spoken about the need to take "countermeasures" to combat the coronavirus at next year's postponed games. Muto acknowledged in an on-line news conference that "there are some in Japan" talking about holding the games without fans.

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Muto did not say this was going to happen. He was responding to comments in a BBC interview in which International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach said an Olympics without fans "is not what we want." But he did not rule it out and said any such a decision would take more time.