IOC chief admits fans may be barred from Tokyo Olympics

IOC President Thomas Bach during a past event.

Photo credit: Pool | AFP

What you need to know:

  • Bach called for patience and said the International Olympic Committee was fully focused on the challenge of staging the event during the coronavirus pandemic
  • Bach said the complexity of the Games had multiplied in the pandemic, and announced a "playbook" of measures, including social distancing and potential quarantines, intended to host them safely
  • On Thursday, Tokyo's first Olympic test event this year, an artistic swimming competition scheduled for March, was postponed for two months because of travel restrictions

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