In embarrassment to IOC, Thomas Bach cancels trip to Japan because of surging COVID-19 cases -- May 11
TOKYO — IOC President Thomas Bach has canceled a trip to Japan because of surging cases of COVID-19 in the country, the Tokyo Olympic organizing committee said Monday in a statement.
Bach was to visit Hiroshima next Monday and meet the torch relay and then probably travel to Tokyo. Organizing committee president Seiko Hashimoto said last week that the trip would be “tough” for Bach to make, which was interpreted in Japan as meaning it was canceled. The trip was made impossible because of a state of emergency in Tokyo and other parts of the country that has been extended until May 31. The state of emergency was to have ended on Tuesday. The statement said Bach’s visit would be made “as soon as possible.” The postponement is an embarrassment to the IOC and local organizers with the Olympics opening in just over 10 weeks. Organizers and the IOC have repeatedly said the Olympics will not be canceled, and will be “safe and secure.” Japan has attributed 11,000 deaths to COVID-19, better than many countries, but poor for Asia. Variants of the virus are spreading with reports of public health systems coming under pressure. -

来週に予定されていたIOC(国際オリンピック委員会)のバッハ会長の来日が延期されることが決定しました。  10日午後に大会組織委員会が発表しました。  緊急事態宣言が延長されたことを受けての決定です。  組織委員会は今後の感染状況を見極めながら「できるだけ早期に訪日頂く方向で再調整する」としています。 - ANNnewsCH