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Thomas Bach to visit Japan only in mid-July, just 11 days before the Tokyo Olympics

Thomas Bach was supposed to travel this month to Japan to oversee Tokyo Olympics preparations, but he postponed his visit due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Thomas Bach

The President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Thomas Bach is set to visit Japan only in mid-July, according to the committee themselves. The Olympic chief was scheduled to visit the country to oversee preparations for the Tokyo Olympics this month, but had to cancel the trip due to the raging COVID-19 pandemic as well as various travel restrictions on overseas travel to the country. The fact that there was a state of emergency in progress did not help matters either.

Bach had planned to take part in the Olympic torch relay in the city of Hiroshima at the Peace Memorial Part. The event has now been completed without spectators and Bach as well. As of now, there is still some sense of uncertainty with regard to whether the Olympic Games would take place, but Bach as well as various other officials have assured that a safe Olympics would take place as scheduled.

Thomas Bach scheduled to visit Japan on July 12

Thomas Bach

According to the vice-president of IOC John Coates who sent a letter to all top Olympic officials, accessed by Japan Today, Thomas Bach has been scheduled to visit the country on the 12th of July just 11 days before the Games get underway. “The next steps on the organisational front after this Coordination Commission meeting include my arrival in Tokyo on 15 June, to join our team that is already on the ground. As of 12 July, after the arrival of President Bach, we will move to the full Games-time coordination operations,” Coates said.

“This summer the eyes of the world will be on us and on Japan. We have an obligation, as the Olympic Movement, to all of those involved to do our utmost to make these Games safe and secure, so that these Olympic and Paralympic Games can indeed be the light at the end of the tunnel,” Coates added.

The Tokyo Olympic Games begin on the 23rd of July.

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