TOKYO — International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach will visit Japan in May, the Kyodo News agency said at the weekend, as the nation struggles to contain a surge in coronavirus cases before the start of the Games.
Bach will attend a torch relay ceremony in the western city of Hiroshima on May 17 and meet with Prime Minister (PM) Yoshihide Suga the next day, Kyodo said, citing sources close to the matter. Bach is expected to back Japan’s commitment to safely host the Summer Games, Kyodo reported.
“We are aware of President Bach’s intention to come to Japan and would welcome such a visit,” the Tokyo Olympic organizing committee said in a statement. “However, nothing concrete has been decided.”
With fewer than 100 days until the Olympics are due to start in Tokyo, Japan expanded quasi-emergency measures to 10 regions on Friday as a fourth wave of coronavirus cases spread.
Suga, who is on a state visit to the United States, said at a news conference on Friday that he told President Joe Biden he was committed to moving forward with the Games and that Biden offered his support. — Reuters