New IOC President Thomas Bach Visits Tokyo

The newly elected President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Thomas Bach and Chairman of the IOC Coordination Commission for the Tokyo 2020 Games John Coates visited Tokyo yesterday where they held a series of key meetings with various principal representatives from Japan as the country gears up for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

IOC Member and Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) President Tsunekazu Takeda said: "It was an honour to host the newly appointed International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach here in Japan today. I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to President Bach for his visit only two months following Tokyo receiving the honour to host the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. This is another important step in our endeavor to continue building further momentum in this seven year journey, where we promise to deliver a superb Games to inspire new generations worldwide.

"President Bach also met with all major principal representatives from Japan, including the Prime Minister of Japan and Tokyo 2020 Bid Committee Supreme Advisor Shinzo Abe, Governor of Tokyo and Tokyo 2020 Bid Committee Chairman Naoki Inose, and key business figures. The meetings covered a range of topics and were immensely helpful for both parties, with a focus on further developing the positive relationships the IOC and the country of Japan have enjoyed throughout the years."

President Bach was making his first official visit to the Japanese capital since his election in September.
Thomas Bach, John Coates and Tunekazu Takeda

IOC President Thomas Bach (centre) and Tokyo 2020 Coordination Commission Chair John Coates (left) were greeted by the JOC President Tsunekazu Takeda in Tokyo

Press Conference