Parts of Japan are currently under a virus state of emergency due to lift by March 7, with some areas possibly exiting the measure earlier.
“At least we have a new goal and planning has started,” he said.
Leading gymnasts including four-time Olympic gold medallist Biles, who is expected to be among the stars of Tokyo 2020, had been on the original entry list for the event.
IOC announced on Saturday that North Korea will send 22 athletes to the Winter Games and compete in three sports and five disciplines.
North Korea's Olympic representative said Saturday the reclusive nation was "likely to participate" in next month's Winter Games in South Korea.
Egypt wins first Special Olympics Female Unified Football cup in the region, qualifying it for the Chicago World Cup in July.
Among them are speed skaters Ivan Skobrev, a two-time medallist at the Vancouver 2010 Games, and Artem Kuznetcov.
Pyeongchang 2018 daily ticket sales have tripled since the start of the Olympic torch relay in South Korea last month.
(IOC) said on Wednesday it had banned for life three Russian bobsledders - Aleksandr Kasyanov, Aleksei Pushkarev and Ilvir Khuzin - over doping allegations.
Sri Lanka's fuel shortage will end on Nov. 9, Petroleum Minister Arjuna Ranatunga said on Monday.
The International Olympic Committee opens a week of high-level meetings here Monday.