Tokyo Olympics 2020: Will be ‘very difficult’ for Thomas Bach to visit Japan right now, says organising committee head
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.
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The Pfizer donation followed talks between the firm’s chairman and CEO, Albert Bourla, and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga.
The postponed Olympic are to open in just under three months on 23 July.
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.
The Playbook for athletes is to be updated on Wednesday, with Playbooks for media and others unveiled on Friday. A final edition of all Playbooks will be published in June.
Ikee clinched a place in Japan's medley relay team at the trials for the coronavirus-postponed Tokyo Games on Sunday, just two years after being diagnosed with leukaemia.
The move would be an unprecedented decision that will further scale back once-grand ambitions for the pandemic event.
Reports last week suggested the Japanese government is set to ban fans from abroad over fears of a rise in infections.
Olympics-bound wrestler Bajrang Punia becomes first high-profile Indian athlete to get COVID-19 vaccine shot
Wrestler Bajrang Punia, one of India’s brightest hopes to win a medal at the deferred Tokyo Olympics in July-August this year, has become the first high-profile Indian athlete to get the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine
Bach batted off talk of a potential boycott, claiming the International Olympic Committee's political neutrality and saying it was up to governments to live up to their responsibilities.
Olympic Minister Tamayo Marukawa said on Friday that Japan had not been consulted by the IOC about the Chinese vaccines, and that Japanese athletes would not take them. She said the vaccines have not been approved for use in Japan.
Around 11,000 athletes are expected at the Tokyo Olympics and 3,000 at the Beijing Games, with 4,000 and around 500 for the respective Summer and Winter Paralympics.
Bach was unopposed and won the vote 93-1, with four members abstaining, following an opening eight-year mandate dominated by the Russian doping scandal and the first Olympics to be postponed in peacetime.
The Tokyo Olympics is the most pressing agenda item at the start of Thomas Bach's new four-year term as president of IOC.
The torch relay, which starts in two weeks, is yet another hurdle for the postponed Tokyo Games. Any stumble could sow more doubts about the risk of holding the Olympics in a pandemic.
The international event will be replaced by a local event with only Japanese gymnasts to test the venue for the upcoming Olympics. Travel restrictions were cited as a prime reason for the cancellation.
Thomas Bach set to be re-elected as IOC president unopposed, faces another turbulent spell in charge
The most pressing agenda item at the start of Bach's new four-year term is the Tokyo Olympics that is currently in a state of doubt due to the COVID-19 pandemic
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.