IOC President praises Tokyo as host city: ‘Best prepared ever’ – Prime Time Zone


Bach, who spent three days in quarantine, told Tokyo-2020 Organizing Committee chairman Seiko Hashimoto that the organizers were doing ‘a fantastic job’

Denis Balibouse / EFEThomas is the current president of the IOC

President of International Olympic Committee (IOC), Thomas Bach made this Tuesday, 13, his first public appearance since arriving in Japan last week. Optimistic with the achievement of Olympic Games, the German tried to exalt the city of Tokyo, host city of the event and treated by the president as the “best prepared of all times” in the history of the Olympics. The sporting event in the Japanese capital will have its opening ceremony in exactly 10 days, but it lives a scenario full of uncertainty. Due to the increase of infected by the new coronavirus, several drastic measures have been implemented for this Olympiad, which will take place between the 23rd and 8th of August behind closed doors to limit the risks of spreading Covid-19. Bach, who spent three days in quarantine, told the president of the Tokyo-2020 Organizing Committee, Seiko Hashimoto, that the organizers were doing “a fantastic job”. “You’ve managed to make Tokyo the best-prepared city ever for the Olympics,” he said, adding: “It’s even more remarkable in the difficult circumstances we all have to face.”

Bach and Hashimoto met when the first athletes started to arrive at the Olympic Village, which opened its doors on Tuesday without ceremony or media impact. Organizers declined to specify which teams entered the venue and the number of athletes already housed in the complex’s 21 buildings. According to the established rules, athletes can only enter the Olympic Village five days before their competitions, and must leave it within 48 hours after the end of their competitions. It’s time to “show the best of you, what you’ve prepared for so long,” Bach told the athletes. With 10 days before the opening of the Olympic Games, Tokyo is again in a state of health emergency, fearing an increase in the number of covid-19 cases. Athletes, coaches, judges and journalists will undergo regular PCR tests and their travel will be limited. Several polls in recent months have indicated that the majority of the Japanese population would prefer the Olympic Games to be postponed again or simply cancelled.