The trip was made impossible because of a state of emergency in Tokyo and other parts of the country that has been extended until 31 May.
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Bach said recently he hoped to go to Hiroshima to meet the torch relay — and presumably to Tokyo — on 17 and 18 May. But he has said his plans were not finalised.
The Tokyo Olympics open in under three months and there are still more questions than answers despite the rollout on Wednesday of new rule books to explain how the games will take place in the middle of a surging pandemic in Japan
Overseas spectators have already been barred from the Games for the first time, and a ruling on Japan-based fans was expected by the end of this month.
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Hashimoto acknowledged Nikai's concern and suggested it was probably shared by the Japanese public. Polls show as many as 80% in Japan oppose holding the Olympics during the pandemic.
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Mori stepped down in February after a fury of criticism over his widely reported remarks at a Japan Olympic Committee meeting that women "talk too much."
The announcement is expected to come after “five-party” talks on Saturday with the IOC, local organisers, the Japanese government, the Tokyo metropolitan government and the International Paralympic Committee.
Sasaki said he had spoken to Tokyo Olympic chief Seiko Hashimoto late on Wednesday to inform her he would be stepping down and would now officially submit his resignation.
Hiroshi Sasaki, an advertising executive, proposed 33-year-old entertainer Naomi Watanabe come down from the sky dressed in a swine costume for the opening ceremony in a segment dubbed "Olympig", Kyodo news agency reported
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The comments came as reports said Japan's government has decided to exclude overseas fans from the coronavirus-delayed Games to reduce the risk of outbreaks
Kyodo News said the opening ceremony of the torch relay on 25 March would also take place without spectators and with limited participants.
Seiko Hashimoto is trying to assure everyone that the Olympics will be safe and secure, a phrase she repeated a dozen times on Friday in her inaugural news conference.
Tokyo 2020 chief Seiko Hashimoto said that the safety of Japanese citizens "is the priority", after holding talks with top officials from IOC, IPC, Japanese government and Tokyo metropolitan government.
The move was announced by CEO Toshiro Muto after an executive board meeting. The names of the new members were expected to be announced on Wednesday.
Seiko Hashimoto, who became the Tokyo 2020 president last week, told Japanese media the Games should have spectators just like other major sports hosting events before fans, although in limited numbers.
Hashimoto, a seven-time Olympian, pledged to increase the number of women on the Tokyo 2020 executive board from around 20 percent to 40 percent.
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"I will spare no effort for the success of the Tokyo Games," said Hashimoto, a seven-time Olympian, after being appointed.