Tokyo 2020: Japanese Prime Minister Suga asks IOC President Bach to ensure Games security

Olympic Games - Bach & Suga

Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee (center), greets Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga during his courtesy visit to the Prime Minister’s official residence in Tokyo on Wednesday.
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Tokyo: Tokyo on Wednesday reported its highest number of new COVID-19 cases in nearly six months, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government said with the Tokyo Olympics opening in just over a week.

The growing numbers came out on the same day that the President of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach, paid a courtesy visit to Tokyo to Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga.

Suga and Bach both pledged that the Tokyo Olympics would be “safe and secure” despite the Games opening with Tokyo and neighboring prefectures under a state of emergency imposed by the national government.

Tokyo reported 1,149 new cases on Wednesday. It was the highest since 1,184 were reported almost six months ago on January 22. It was also the 25th day in a row that cases were higher than they were a week earlier.

Suga asked Bach to make sure the Olympics are safe, especially for the Japanese public, less than 20% of whom are fully vaccinated.

“To gain the understanding of our people, and also for the success of the Tokyo 2020 Games, it is absolutely necessary that all participants take appropriate measures and measures, including countermeasures against the pandemic,” said Suga told Bach. “ As the host of the games, I hope that the IOC will make efforts to ensure that all athletes and stakeholders fully comply with these measures. ”

Bach replied, “ We would like to reaffirm our full commitment on the side of the Olympic-do-everything community, that we are not putting the Japanese people at risk. ”

Bach told Suga that 85% of athletes and officials living in the Tokyo Bay Olympic Village will be fully vaccinated. He said nearly 100% of IOC members and IOC staff were “ vaccinated or immunized. The IOC also reports that between 70 and 80% of international medical representatives have been vaccinated.

Russian rugby sevens team isolated

Moscow: The Russian women’s rugby sevens team are isolated for two days in Japan after the team’s masseur tested positive for COVID-19, the RIA news agency reported on Wednesday, disrupting preparations for the team for the Olympics.

Team general manager Alexei Gramotnev said the team will undergo daily testing for two days.

“If the tests come back negative, the team will be released,” RIA said, citing him.

The Russians will compete in Tokyo as representatives of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) because the country has been stripped of its flag and anthem for doping offenses.

The Tokyo Olympics are scheduled to begin on July 23.

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