International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach promised to deliver a “safe, secure” Tokyo Olympics this year as he prepared to be re-elected for a second term on Wednesday.
The Australian Olympic Committee congratulated Olympics champion, Thomas Bach, on his re-election as IOC President for a second term on Twitter.
As he opened the IOC Session, Bach said it had been not an issue whether the Olympics, which were postponed last year because the coronavirus pandemic spread around the globe, would take place but in what conditions they will be held.
“Tokyo remains the simplest prepared Olympic city ever and at this moment, we’ve no reason to doubt that the Opening Ceremony will happen on 23 July,” Bach said.
“The question isn’t whether, the question is how these Olympic Games will happen.
“The IOC is functioning at full speed alongside our Japanese partners and friends to form the postponed Olympic Games a secure manifestation of peace, solidarity, and resilience of humankind in overcoming the pandemic.”
Bach said he aimed to make “a safe, secure and fair environment for all the athletes”.
The local Japanese organizers are thanks for announcing by the top of the month whether foreign spectators are going to be allowed to attend the Games, although it’s widely reported that they will be barred due to COVID-19 concerns.
Bach, a 67-year-old German lawyer who won a trophy in fencing at the 1976 Montreal Olympics, is unopposed within the election. The Tokyo Olympics is that the most pressing item at the beginning of his new four-year term, after a gap of eight years that saw him affect the problem-laden 2014 Sochi and 2016 Rio Games, state-sponsored Russian doping, and the deadly wave of coronavirus.
The term of office of the IOC president has been halved from eight years to four since Bach took office in 2013.