(ATR) As world leaders lunch in Osaka, IOC President Thomas Bach will give them an Olympic update.
Thomas Bach with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (IOC)
The IOC leader left Lausanne hours after closing the 134th IOC Session.
“We are honored by this invitation that will give us the opportunity to address all of the G20 heads of state plus a number of other heads of state who have been invited,” Bach said at his closing press conference before heading to Japan.
It’s the first time the IOC President has been asked to speak at the G20. He’ll be one of the heads of international organizations, like the secretary general of the United Nations, who will be lunchtime speakers for the world leaders.
Bach is expected to cover IOC initiatives such as the participation of North Korea at the 2018 Winter Games, the sustainability push for Olympic host cities and the choice of Milan-Cortina to host the 2026 Olympics.
Chinese president Xi Jinping on tour of Beijing 2022 venues in February (IOC)
Bach is also certain to mention the Tokyo Olympics coming in one year as G20 host and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sits nearby. Along with the Italian Prime Minister, there will be three other heads of state at the lunch with Olympic links.
Xi Jinping of China oversees preparation for the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. Emmanuel Macron of France supports Paris 2024, Donald Trump of the U.S. the 2028 Olympics in Los Angeles.
The IOC chief won’t stay long in Osaka. Bach will head west Friday to reach Minsk, Belarus for the closing days of the second European Games. The 50-nation event is held by the European Olympic Committees. It began June 21 and ends June 30.
Reported by Ed Hula.
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