© Reuters. IOC President Bach met Greek Prime Minister Mitsotakis in Athens
The Kyodo news agency said on Saturday, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach will visit Japan on Saturday, as the country attempts to prevent a rise in COVID-19 cases before the Olympics begin. .
Bach will attend the torch relay ceremony in western Hiroshima city on May 17 and meet Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga the next day, Kyodo cites a source close to him. Bach is expected to support Japan’s commitment to safely host the Summer Olympics, Kyodo reported.
Representatives for the Tokyo Olympics could not be reached when asked to comment outside regular business hours.
With less than 100 days left for the Olympics to begin in Tokyo, Japan expanded semi-emergency measures to 10 regions on Friday as a fourth wave of COVID-19 cases spread.
Suga, who is on a state visit to the United States, said during a press conference on Friday that he told President Joe Biden he was committed to moving forward with the Olympics and that Biden asked for assistance.
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