Freshly re-elected, the IOC President is convinced that the Olympic Games will take place
Thomas Bach was re-elected as President of the Olympic Committee. For him no doubt, the Games will take place this summer.
It’s gone again for four years. German Thomas Bach was re-elected on Tuesday as President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The only candidate for his succession, the former fencing champion collected 93 votes in favor and only one against. At the head of the body since 2013, it therefore stacks until 2025. His current mandate officially ends at the end of the 2020 Olympics, the end of which is set for August 8.
“At this time, we have no reason to doubt that the opening ceremony will be held on July 23.”
Following this renewal, the president could not necessarily avoid the question on the holding of the Games in Tokyo this summer. “Tokyo remains the best prepared host city in Olympic history and for now, we have no reason to doubt that the opening ceremony will be held on July 23, “assured the boss of the Games.
The question of how
If the boss remains so confident, it is in particular because he prefers to focus on all the sporting events that may have taken place at the height of the pandemic rather than on the cascading cancellations of last year. 270 international competitions were thus able to take place during the pandemic. “The question is not whether the Games will take place, but how.”
Now 65, the German president made a name for himself in the sports world in the late 1970s. Foil specialist, he has several world championship titles as well as a team gold medal at the Montreal Olympics in 1976.