Olympics-IOC’s Bach scraps plans for quick visit, will be in Tokyo in mid-July

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LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) – International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach will arrive in Tokyo in the middle of July ahead of the Olympic Games and will not visit before, he said on Thursday.

Bach had wanted to travel to Tokyo in recent months to monitor preparations ahead of the postponed Olympics but those plans were put on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic.

He said he would arrive prior to the July 23 start of the Games, postponed last year due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

“This has been discussed with Tokyo 2020 whether it would really make sense to go back and forth,” Bach told a virtual news conference.

“Going to Tokyo, having to respect the quarantine, to be there for a couple of hours and then after two weeks going again having to respect quarantine,” he said.

“We came to the conclusion that it would be better I arrive mid July in Tokyo, in time for the Games and all…

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