— Published 10 May 2021

A Compromised visit for Thomas Bach

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Nothing is official yet, but Thomas Bach’s visit to Japan, next week, seems very compromised. The IOC President must go to Hiroshima, Monday, May 17th, to attend the passage of the Olympic flame in the city devastated by the atomic bombing in 1945. He must also make a stop in the Japanese capital, notably to talk to the Prime Minister, Yoshihide Suga. But according to Seiko Hashimoto, the president of the Games’ organization committee, the visit of the German leader is looking “difficult”. The former speed skater and cyclist expressed her doubts during a press briefing, at the end of last week. “I Personally think it would be quite difficult for him to come now,” said Seiko Hashimoto. With the current situation, it is important for President Bach to see things with his own eyes, but the extension of the state of emergency makes his visit quite difficult.” Thomas Bach’s short stay in Japan, less than 70 days before the opening of the Games, could be his second since the beginning of the pandemic. He had gone to Tokyo last November, to see the Olympic stadium and the athletes’ village.