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IOC President Bach expresses confidence about holding Olympics even without vaccine

NHK, TBS, Fuji TV, and TV Asahi reported that International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Bach expressed confidence about holding the Tokyo Olympics amid the COVID-19 outbreak in an open letter released on Tuesday. He reportedly said that the fact that sporting events are being held despite the restrictions imposed by the coronavirus pandemic “should give all of us confidence in our preparations for future events, including the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.” According to the networks, President Bach also expressed the view that holding the Olympics will be possible even if a vaccine is not available by saying that “these recent weeks have shown that we can organize big sports events in a safe way even without a vaccine.” Meanwhile, NHK reported that in response to President Bach’s message, Tokyo Governor Koike told the press this morning: “It’s reassuring to hear that he is positive about holding sporting events safely.”

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