The President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Thomas Bach, thanked Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his unwavering support for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, which have now passed to 2021 due to the global coronavirus pandemic.
In a letter to Modi, dated April 1, Bach said he was “grateful” to the Indian Prime Minister for his support for the Tokyo Games at the recent G20 leaders’ summit held by video conference of the pandemic, which left the world in disarray.
“Please accept my sincere thanks for the support you have given to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, expressed in the extraordinary declaration of the G20 leaders’ summit, congratulating the International Olympic Committee for contributing to the control of the COVID-19 virus” , writes Bach in his letter.
“I am truly grateful for your support for the Olympic Games and their unifying role, which the G20 Leaders Summit had already expressed at your meeting last year in Osaka.” After their initial reluctance, the organizers of the IOC and the Tokyo Games were forced to bow before the unprecedented challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic and to postpone the Tokyo Games 2020 to 2021.
In accordance with the revised timetable announced by the IOC, the Tokyo Olympic Games will now take place from July 23 to August 8, exactly one year after the initial programming of the world sporting event.
The deadly COVID-19 epidemic has taken a gigantic form with more than 53,000 deaths reported to date worldwide, while positive cases have reached almost 10,00,000.