IOC president Thomas Bach at a news conference in the main press centre in Tokyo on Saturday, July 17, 2021. Photo: Reuters IOC president Thomas Bach at a news conference in the main press centre in Tokyo on Saturday, July 17, 2021. Photo: Reuters
IOC president Thomas Bach at a news conference in the main press centre in Tokyo on Saturday, July 17, 2021. Photo: Reuters

Tokyo Olympics: Thomas Bach defiant after urging Japanese people to welcome athletes even if they are banned from watching

  • A reporter from the Yomiuri Shimbun says she is shocked and ashamed as a Japanese citizen because the IOC president needed to ask for support
  • Bach says the IOC is aware of the scepticism by many Japanese towards the Games amid the Covid-19 pandemic, adding that no sporting event would ever gain 100 per cent support

Topic |   Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games
IOC president Thomas Bach at a news conference in the main press centre in Tokyo on Saturday, July 17, 2021. Photo: Reuters IOC president Thomas Bach at a news conference in the main press centre in Tokyo on Saturday, July 17, 2021. Photo: Reuters
IOC president Thomas Bach at a news conference in the main press centre in Tokyo on Saturday, July 17, 2021. Photo: Reuters
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