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  • Bach Could Visit Fukushima Venues


    (ATR) Thomas Bach could visit Tokyo 2020 venues in Fukushima Prefecture following the 2018 ANOC General Assembly.

    Bach at the 2018 IOC Session (ATR)
    The Association of National Olympic Committees yearly General Assembly is in Tokyo, after which the IOC Executive Board will meet. Such a visit would provide an opportunity for Bach to tour Tokyo 2020 venues, get an update on the project, and visit other IOC ventures in Japan.

    “Tokyo 2020 and the Japanese Olympic Committee are in close contact with the IOC for an on-going planning including the IOC leaderships activities in Japan,” Masa Takaya, Tokyo 2020 spokesperson, told Around the Rings about Bach’s plans when in the country. “Details will be released once plans are cemented.”

    Bach will visit Fukushima as part of his Japan leg, according to a report from Kyodo News. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will accompany Bach, according to government sources.

    Fukushima will host six baseball and softball matches when the sport returns to the Olympics for the first time since 2008.

    Reconstruction from the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami is a major theme of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Fukushima will be the site of the first domestic leg of the Tokyo 2020 Torch Relay, and producers say the opening ceremony and official film will incorporate the region’s rebirth.

    Recently, the Tokyo 2020 executive board held a meeting in Fukushima to tour the rebuilt J-Village soccer complex. Fukushima delicacies were served to an IOC Coordination Commission last December.

    Written by Aaron Bauer

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