Sport Bach tells angry Japanese public cancelling the Games is NOT an option
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A member of the Serbian Olympic rowing team has tested positive for COVID-19 while trying to enter Japan.The news was reported Sunday by the Japanese agency Kyodo and cited Japanese health ministry officials.
IOC president Thomas Bach made his first public appearance on Tuesday since arriving in Tokyo last week and insisted the Olympic Games cannot be called off, despite resistance into the event going ahead.
Last week, Tokyo went into a state of emergency and banned fans from attending nearly all events amid a rise incases. That state of emergency will be in place across the duration of the Games, which runs from July 23 until August 8 and people have protested against it going ahead outside of the hotel Bach is staying in.
Despite looking to appease concerns from the Japanese public, Bach embarrassingly slipped up on his words and called the Japanese people 'Chinese people'.
French father goes on hunger strike for kids 'abducted' by Japanese wife
A Frenchman in Japan who says his children were abducted by their Japanese mother began a hunger strike in Tokyo Saturday, in a protest he hopes will bring international attention to his fight to be reunited with his family. Fichot, 39, who has lived in Japan for 15 years, said he will not give up his hunger strike until his children, a boy and a girl aged six and four, are returned to him. Failing that, he said, "I want the French authorities to show me they are serious and that they really want to defend my kids, and that they will impose sanctions against Japan until Japan agrees to protect my children's rights.
'Our common target is safe and secure games for everybody; for the athletes, for all the delegations, and most importantly also for the Chinese people - Japanese people,' Bach said, catching his mistake quickly.
'You have managed to make Tokyo the best-ever prepared city for the Olympic Games. This is even more remarkable under the difficult circumstances we all have to face.'
Bach's comments in the briefing were interpreted from English to Japanese, but the slip was not included in the interpretations.
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Opening up on the decision to push ahead with games amid the ongoing pandemic, Bach told: 'We, the IOC, will never abandon the athletes, and with the cancellation, we would have lost a whole generation of athletes. So therefore, a cancellation for us was not really an option.'
First Corona Falls at Athletes in the Olympic Village
The Olympic Games in Tokyo continue under no good star. Now it has also caught the first athletes in the Olympic village. © Provided by sport1.de First Corona Falls at Athletes in the Olympic Village Corona has also reached the athletes in the Olympic village. The organizers of the summer games of Tokyo (July 23 to 8 August) confirmed two positive tests on Sunday under athletes. A third person who is not housed in the condominium was also positive.
Bach also said that, with 'a heavy heart', he supported the decision to keep spectators away from events in Japan.
Polls in Japan have shown that up to 80 per cent of the public don't want the games going ahead this summer, after they were postponed last year due to the pandemic.
Japan has one of the oldest populations in the world, with about a third of its population aged 65 or over. The Associated Press said on Tuesday that, according to the office of the Japanese Prime Minister, 18.5 per cent of the Japanese population are fully vaccinated.
There were 830 new Covid-19 cases in Tokyo on Tuesday, up from 593 a week ago and it is the 24th straight day that Covid cases had risen.
Bach is going to visit Hiroshima on Friday, a move that has been panned by some in Japan as a politically motivated gesture.
An online petition asking Bach to scrap the visit has over 30,000 signatures as of early Tuesday afternoon.
But the Hiroshima governer Hidehiko Yuzaki said in a statement to Kyodo: 'I would like (Bach) to send a powerful message toward the realization of a peaceful world without nuclear weapons.'
Macron in Tokyo for Olympic opening ceremony .
French President Emmanuel Macron arrived in Tokyo on Friday to attend the opening ceremony of the pandemic-postponed Olympics, which is taking place under strict virus rules. Paris will host the next edition of the summer Games in 2024, and Macron's meetings in Tokyo will include talks with International Olympic Committee chief Thomas Bach. The French president is one of just a handful of foreign dignitaries in town for the opening ceremony, after organisers stripped back the usually lavish affair and limited attendance.Only around 950 people will be in the stands, including US First Lady Jill Biden, who arrived in Tokyo on Thursday night.