IOC head Bach's visit to Japan set for May to be postponed

International Olympic Committee head Thomas Bach's visit to Japan, set for May 17-18, has been postponed due to the extension of the state of emergency, Tokyo 2020 Olympics organisers said.

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International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach (on a screen) delivers an opening speech while Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee president Seiko Hashimoto listens during a five-party meeting of Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.   -  Getty Images

International Olympic Committee head Thomas Bach's visit to Japan, set for May 17-18, has been postponed due to the extension of the state of emergency, Tokyo 2020 Olympics organisers said on Monday.

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"In the light of the extension of the state of emergency last week and various circumstances we are facing, the visit of IOC President Bach to Japan scheduled for 17 and 18 May has been postponed," Tokyo 2020 said in a statement.

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"We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation in Japan and other relevant factors and will re-arrange his visit to Japan as soon as possible."

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