IOC Chief and Japanese Prime Minister Confirmed Olympics

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The head of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Thomas Bach and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, during a meeting on Monday, November 16, expressed confidence that the Tokyo Olympics will be held in the summer of 2021, despite the coronavirus pandemic.

Suga and Bach met during the IOC head’s four-day visit to Tokyo, during which they discussed preparations for the Summer Olympics, postponed due to the spread of COVID-19 around the world, Kyodo writes.

In addition, Bach stressed that spectators will be able to attend the stadiums during the competition.

Earlier, on November 11, it was reported that the Japanese authorities are considering the possibility of exempting foreign tourists who will come to the Tokyo Olympics from a two-week quarantine imposed by the coronavirus.

At the same time, it was noted that in order to enter the country, foreigners will need to provide several certificates of a negative result of tests for coronavirus infection, which were made immediately before the visit to the country.

The Tokyo Summer Olympics were the first in history to be postponed in peacetime. The event was supposed to take place in the summer of 2020, but due to the spread of the coronavirus, the IOC announced the postponement of the Olympics and Paralympics in Japan from 2020 to 2021. They should take place from 23 July to 8 August 2021.

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