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TOKYO 2020: COVID-19 won’t affect athletes, IOC chief assures

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International Olympic Committee, IOC President, Thomas Bach said yesterday that there was “zero” risk of Tokyo Olympics participants infecting Japanese residents with coronavirus because cases would be isolated immediately after detection.

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Fans have been banned from Olympic events in the capital, which is under emergency restrictions to curb rising infection numbers that on Wednesday hit highs not seen since January.

As more athletes arrive in Japan and move into the Olympic Village, Bach promised a safe summer Games.

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“We are making all our efforts and the Japanese people have all our commitment to contribute in the best way to fight this virus and not to bring any risk to the Japanese people,” Bach told reporters after meeting Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga.

Bach said, “85 percent of all the residents in the Olympic Village and almost 100 percent of the IOC members and staff coming here to Tokyo arrive vaccinated.

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“ This is why I’d like to humbly ask the Japanese people to warmly welcome the athletes from all around the world who have overcome, like the Japanese people, so many challenges.”

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