The 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games set for this summer will be postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak, said a member of the International Olympic Committee on Monday.
The IOC's reported call to postpone the Games come after a number of sporting bodies threatened to boycott the event.
He added that cancelation was not an option and that he wanted an International Olympic Committee decision to be made as soon as possible.
Pound, the longest-serving member of the committee, added that the games will "likely" be held in 2021 as the IOC will work on details over the next four weeks.
Abe said that while cancelling the Games was not an option, a delay was now on the cards if that was the only way to hold the event in its complete form.
In a letter to Bach, seen by insidethegames, World Athletics President Sebastian Coe said Tokyo 2020 taking place as planned in July and August is "neither feasible nor desirable" amid growing worldwide concern over the pandemic.
"The first was preserving the competitive integrity of the Olympic Games when the countries are effectively in lockdown and athletes can't train and some of them may catch the coronavirus, there is no way you can preserve that competitive integrity".
The IOC and Japan's organizing committee had consistently said the Games would go ahead as planned.
Several nations are calling for the Olympics to be pushed back until at least next year.
The Canadian Olympic Committee and Canadian Paralympic Committee said they had made the "difficult decision" not to travel to Japan in 2020, while the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) also told their athletes to prepare for a Games in 2021 as a team for this year "could not be assembled".
"While we recognize the inherent complexities around a postponement, nothing is more important than the health and safety of our athletes", they said. "We are in the midst of a global health crisis that is far more significant than sport". According to BBC, the Canadian Olympic and Paralympic committee said it had taken "the hard decision" to withdraw after consulting athletes, sports groups, and the government.