All national dailies wrote that International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Bach said on Wednesday that his organization is prepared to send medical staff to the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games as part of efforts to deal with the coronavirus pandemic. Speaking at the outset of a three-day virtual meeting between Japan and the IOC’s Coordination Commission, Bach said his organization has offered the Tokyo organizing committee “additional medical personnel” to assist with operations and implementation of COVID-19 countermeasures at the athletes’ village and venues. The IOC president also said that about 75% of the athletes who are planning to stay at the Olympic Village have already been or are planning to be vaccinated and that he expects over 80% of the residents of the village will be vaccinated ahead of the event.
In a related story, Yomiuri wrote that the GOJ, the Tokyo Olympic organizing committee, and the IOC are estimating that about 69,000 athletes and others related to the Olympics and some 25,000 athletes and others connected to the Paralympics will visit Japan during the Tokyo Games this summer. The paper wrote that the number of expected visitors is about a half of the original total of 200,000.
Yomiuri wrote that according to China Central TV, its chief told IOC President Bach during an online meeting on Tuesday that the station is planning to send as many as 3,000 people, including more than 500 journalists, to cover the Tokyo Games this summer. Noting that some of its broadcasting equipment has already arrived in Tokyo, the paper wrote that China is proactively making preparations for reporting on the Tokyo Games ahead of its hosting of the Winter Olympics in Beijing in February 2022.