Tokyo Olympics named “best ever prepared” by IOC President as athletes continue to arrive for the Games


In a joint virtual press conference with Tokyo 2020 chief Seiko Hashimoto, Bach – who arrived for the Games last week – said the Japanese people can be confident that the Olympic committee is sparing no effort to ensure that the event is “safe and secure.”

“You have done a fantastic job of preparation … It is even more remarkable in the difficult circumstances that we all face,” added Bach.

Tuesday also marked the opening of the Olympic Village, where the majority of athletes will stay during the Games.

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Members of the Italian Olympic delegation arrive in Tokyo.

More than 11,000 athletes from 205 National Olympic Committees will compete in Tokyo with around 85% vaccinated against Covid-19, according to the IOC.

Delegations from Italy and Great Britain were among those that landed in Tokyo on Tuesday.

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“After all this added stress during the pandemic, finally (the athletes) can shine on the Olympic stage. And I hope they will nevertheless benefit from it under these circumstances to the fullest,” Bach said.

The Olympics will be held in a coronavirus-related state of emergency in Tokyo following a further increase in cases. It was announced last week that no fans will be able to visit the venues in the capital during the Games.

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