IOC President Releases a Statement for ‘Humble Support’ Ahead of Tokyo Olympics 2020

Published 07/17/2021, 2:20 PM EDT
IOC President Thomas Bach arrives at a meeting with Tokyo 2020 President Seiko Hashimoto at the Tokyo 2020 Headquarters on July 13, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. Takashi Aoyama/Pool via REUTERS

Since the IOC President has landed for Tokyo Olympics 2020, things have been challenging every day. The Olympics Village detected its first Coronavirus case.


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With a few days left in the opening ceremony of the mega-quadrennial games, IOC President released statements. President Thomas Bach urged the Japanese people humbly to support the athletes competing in the pandemic.

Tokyo Olympics 2020 most restricted sports event


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IOC and Japanese authorities have been trying to keep the games safe. According to the IOC President, only 15 out of 1500 people who have arrived have tested positive.

Proper restrictions, daily tests, sanitization will take place to ensure safety. The athletes will only travel between stadiums and Olympic village.

The COVID cases have been on a spike in the nation, resulting in a 100% ban on spectators. However, to keep the Olympic spirit high for athletes, recorded crowd sounds from the past will be played.

A torchbearer runs while members of Japanese Self-Defence Forces look on, during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic torch relay on the first day of the relay, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Asaka, Saitama prefecture, Japan July 6, 2021. REUTERS/Androniki Christodoulou

IOC President aware of the Anti-Olympics protests

Since he has arrived in Tokyo, a lot of protests have been happening. However, Thomas Bach addressed he is aware of the protests and urged Japanese people to support the athletes coming with their Olympic dreams.

Thomas Bach also faced criticism after he visited Hiroshima on Friday. Protesters even gathered outside the Peace Memorial Park cenotaph.

Even in the tough times because of the pandemic athletes are coming to represent their country. Understanding Olympians’ concerns, the Japanese government has ensured 100% transparency in the games.

The IOC executive board, after having virtual meetings, finally met in person before the events take off. The executive board appreciated NOC’s around the world for being supportive and coming together in these tough times.

Tokyo 2020 organising committee vice-president Toshiaki Endo speaks with Tokyo 2020 CEO Toshiro Muto (R) after the five-party meeting in Tokyo, Japan July 8, 2021. Behrouz Mehri/Pool via REUTERS

While there is sensitivity for Olympians, IOC president also reminded them to not use Olympic podium for protests. Even though Rule 50 was made flexible and athletes can make gestures on the field.


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Tokyo Olympics 2020 opening ceremony will take place on 23rd July. Teams from all around the world are landing in the capital. While there have been difficulties, IOC president urging Japanese people support might have changed some minds.


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