Thomas Bach, chairman of the International Olympic Committee, said Thursday that he would arrive in Tokyo in mid-July prior to the Olympics and would not visit until then.
Bach wanted to travel to Tokyo for the past few months to monitor his preparations prior to the postponed Olympics, but the coronavirus pandemic has postponed those plans.
He said he would arrive before the start of the Olympic Games on July 23, which was postponed last year due to the outbreak of COVID-19.
“At the Tokyo 2020 Games, we talked about whether it really makes sense to come and go,” Bach said at a virtual press conference.
“I had to go to Tokyo and respect the quarantine, stay there for a few hours and two weeks later I had to respect the quarantine again,” he said.
“We have come to the conclusion that it is better to arrive in Tokyo in mid-July in time for the Olympics and all previous meetings, visits and organizational issues.”
The IOC will hold a series of meetings, including sessions, prior to the start of the Olympic Games.
Japan has escaped the widespread infections found elsewhere, but has recorded more than 760,000 cases and more than 13,600 deaths. In Tokyo and some areas, a state of emergency has been issued that will be lifted on June 20th.
About 11% of the Japanese have been vaccinated at least once, which is lower than in other wealthy countries.
The organizers of Tokyo 2020 banned foreign visitors in an attempt to reassure the general public, and visiting athletes and media crews were monitored via GPS for the first 14 days of their stay and deviated from the itinerary. I said I wouldn’t.
IOC Bach scraps plans for short-term visit to Tokyo in mid-July-SABC News
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