A member of the Tokyo Olympic organizing committee's executive board said Wednesday he will raise the topic of a possible delay of this summer's games due to the coronavirus outbreak during a board meeting later this month.

"We need to deal accordingly with (the crisis) based on reality. Time is running out," Haruyuki Takahashi, a former senior managing director at Japan's largest advertising agency, Dentsu Inc., told Kyodo News over the phone.

The organizing committee quickly tried to shoot down what Takahashi described as a personal opinion, saying that postponing the Olympics, due to start July 24, has not been discussed and the games will go ahead as scheduled.