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Auto Shows in the eye of anger: Thomas Bach's difficult Tokyo games

16:01  19 july  2021
16:01  19 july  2021 Source:   kicker.de

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The beautiful PR pictures with the torch Thomas Bach also has to renounce this time. For the President of the International Olympic Committee, the Corona Games of Tokyo will provide such some tests, including waiver of traditional symbolics.

Viele Japaner nehmen Thomas Bach das Festhalten an den Sommerspielen in Tokio übel. © --- / Kyodo / dpa Many Japanese take Thomas Bach evokes the holding on the summer games in Tokyo.

"An example" Wool Bach puts an IOC speaker. Before games in Sochi 2014, Rio 2016 and Pyeongchang 2018, the IOC boss had participated in the Olympic Torchlare - a custom that Juan Antonio Samaranch had justified in Barcelona in 1992.

Bach hopes on mood bluing

But Bach is not really welcomed in Japan of these days. His performances are highly critically accompanied, the unconditional clinging to the Tokyo play laid for a year, in the midst of a Corona emergency, many Japanese take the 67-year-old evil. "We know about the skepticism of many Japanese," said Bach a few days before the opening of the summer games stresses carefully. He hopes very much that at the beginning of the spectacles organized under the strictest precautionary measures, the mood in the host country "less emotionally, not to say is less aggressive".

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is still little to feel. Each step Bach is witnessed suspiciously. Protests were against the visit of the Würzburg in the Peace Park of Hiroshima, an online petition signed more than 70,000 people. Justifying the IOC President had to adopt an invitation of the organizers to a reception for officials in the State Guesthouse despite the strict Corona rules at Olympia. One was just a guest, replied the fencing Olympic champion of 1976 a bit spiked.

also the controversial Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga had still admonished Bach at a meeting: "As the host of the games, I hope that the IOC will do everything that all athletes and parties took themselves entirely to the measures."

"We should trust each other," said Bach shortly thereafter. "In all modesty," he ask the Japanese population, "welcome and support the athletes from all over the world». Again and again, Bach has been promoting the tokio games in the eye of anger since his arrival for the Tokyo games, which have also become a high-risk project for him and the IOC. Already in the previous year, it satisfied massive criticism when the Olympia makers reluctantly hesitated for Bach before she laid the world sports festival with tens of thousands of stakeholders because of the Corona crisis.

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The games are the core product of the IOC

«The simplest decision would have been to cancel the games, collecting the insurance and starting the preparations on Paris 2024," said Bach in retrospect on March days 2020. Instead, the IOC said many Millions taken in hand to rescue Olympia in Tokyo. The fact that the Rings-Circle also went by the billions of television and sponsors that would have been lost in a cancellation is not a big secret.

Under Bach's leadership, the IOC is more than ever a sports group, which has created economically steadily new success balance sheets. The games are the core product - and since Bach's rise to the president in 2013 never free problems. The winter games in Sochi 2014 stand for Russia's twisted doping fraud with state aid and the gigantism of Vladimir Putin. Rio 2016 surrounded a scandal for bribery in the award, the billions for the games rushed the metropolis even deeper into the crisis. In Pyeongchang 2018, Russia's team at Pranger, North Korea was allowed to use the Olympic stage for propaganda in our own thing.

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Multiple Corona Emergency in Tokyo

Since Tokyo for Bach promised a respite in perfectly organized games in front of a sports enthusiastic audience. Then Corona came and crashed the Olympic world into a heavy crisis. "In the past 15 months we had doubts every day, that was a situation of high insecurity," Bach acknowledged now.

But the IOC boss, his faithful and the Japanese organizers remained stubborn. Several times the Corona emergency was imposed in Tokyo, in surveys always spoke a clear majority against the games this year, all viewers were excluded - and yet Olympia should be opened on Friday. "These games will be different, they have to be different," said Bach.

for the Upper Olympier, which was re-elected in March with only one counter-vote for a last term of office, it becomes time that the looks rather than the Corona daily numbers on the medal mirror. "When the athletes finally get started, that's what the man here in Japan will like," Bach asserted. After the most recent impressions from the Olympic metropolis, this could be a predoguous forecast.

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