Russian Sports Minister Oleg Matytsin revealed he "respects" the decision to postpone the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Tokyo 2020 have insisted that the Olympic Flame will begin its journey around Japan on Thursday (March 26) but expect it to be transported in a safety lantern by car.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe and International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach have agreed to postpone this year's Olympic Games in Tokyo until no later than the summer of 2021.
The Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee will hold an Executive Board meeting on Monday (March 30) as the future of this year's Games hangs in the balance.
The United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) has said it is "more clear than ever" that Tokyo 2020 should be postponed due to the coronavirus crisis.
Former International Olympic Committee (IOC) vice-president Richard Pound has claimed the Olympic Games will be postponed, most likely until 2021.
Tokyo 2020 have claimed key partners must be "more united than ever" as scenarios for a possible postponement of the Olympic Games are considered over the next four weeks.
The Athletics Association, a "unified voice" for professional track and field athletes, has called for this year's Olympic Games in Tokyo to be postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Bridgestone South Africa have announced that double Olympic 800 metres champion Caster Semenya will feature as part of their "Chase Your Dream, No Matter What" campaign.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe has suggested for the first time that this year's Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo may have to be postponed, saying the event cannot be held under current circumstances due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Tokyo 2020 President Yoshirō Mori has said that a decision on whether to continue the Olympic Torch Relay will be made in the coming days.
The Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) has told athletes to prepare for a Tokyo Olympics in the northern hemisphere summer in 2021, after agreeing not to send a team should the Games take place in July.
Canada have said they will not compete at the Olympic and Paralympic Games should they be held this year as other nations also plan for a one-year postponement of Tokyo 2020.
National team training camps in Japan ahead of this summer's Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games have been cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic.
World Athletics has called on the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to postpone this year's Olympic Games in Tokyo because of the coronavirus crisis, insidethegames has learned.