The Tokyo Olympics have been postponed until the summer of 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has announced.

Albion's Alexis Mac Allister was a star performer in Argentina Under-23s' Olympic qualifiers earlier this year when they booked their spot for the Games.

A statement on the Japanese PM's official English Twitter account read: "After his telephone talks with IOC President Bach, PM Abe spoke to the press and explained that the two have agreed that the Tokyo Olympic Games would not be cancelled, and the games will be held by the summer of 2021."

The IOC's executive board is now set to formally announce a postponement later on Tuesday.

There have been confirmed cases of the coronavirus in 165 countries with well over 300,000 people diagnosed so far.

Social distancing restrictions imposed by national governments across the globe have had a huge impact on athletes' ability to prepare and train for the Games, and they had been crying out for the IOC to end the uncertainty and postpone.

Canada's Olympic and Paralympic committees had already announced they would not be sending a team to Tokyo, while Australia said it was advising its teams to prepare for a postponement to 2021.

Abe had said on Monday, in quotes reported by the Kyodo news agency: "If it is difficult to hold the games in a complete way, we have to decide to postpone them, giving top priority to (the health of the) athletes."