The Japan leg of the Tokyo Olympic torch relay, scheduled to begin Thursday, has been canceled due to the coronavirus outbreak, Yoshiro Mori, president of the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee, said Tuesday.

The move comes after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach agreed to postpone the games by roughly one year during a telephone conference.

"We will not start the torch relay, while we will discuss our options," Mori told a news conference in Tokyo. "In response to the postponement of the Olympics, we will draw a new plan for the relay."