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IOC President Thomas Bach visits the Tokyo Olympic Stadium in November 2020

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IOC President Thomas Bach visits the Tokyo Olympic Stadium in November 2020. IOC

In the biggest sign of Tokyo 2020’s surety, key International Olympic Committee (IOC) delegates including President, Thomas Bach and Australian Prime Minister, Scott Morrison have visited Tokyo in November.

Bach visited the Athletes’ Village and Olympic Stadium- both of which are complete and ready for athletes- describing the latter as “already atmospheric” nine months out from the Opening Ceremony on July 23, 2021.

The IOC, Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee and Japanese Government are:

Totally aligned in the full determination and confidence to make the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 and the Paralympic Games a great success next summer… Together we can make these Olympics Games and the Olympic Flame the light at the end of the tunnel.

Thomas Bach, IOC President.

Originally slated for July 2020, the rescheduled Olympic Games will run from July 23 – August 8 2021, and the Paralympic Games from 24 August – 5 September 2021.

Still referred to as “Tokyo 2020”, the Olympic and Paralympic Games will be broadcast on Seven.

Seven’s coverage of the Games will redefine how Australians watch sport. The 30 days of the rescheduled Olympic and Paralympic Games are forecast to reach over 21 million Australians, even more than Sydney 2000.

Broadcast coverage on Seven and 7TWO – led by Bruce McAvaney – will be simulcast in HD on 7plus. On top of this, six bonus curated 24/7 channels and 35 live streams on 7plus will allow Australians to experience the Olympics like never before. 7plus will also offer captioning in multiple languages – an Australian first.

Crucially, all major 2021 sporting events including the 2020-21 NBA season have been re-scheduled around the Games, allowing the world’s best basketballers to be in Tokyo.


The IOC expects full participation from all 206 National Olympic Committees affiliated with the Games, regardless of their COVID-19 rates.

Australia’s support of the postponed Games was evidenced by Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Health Minister Greg Hunt’s presence in Japan during the IOC’s visit.

They reiterated the importance of sport during the COVID-19 pandemic in a meeting with Bach – while also discussing Australia’s 2032 Olympic bid. They were buoyed by the IOC’s moves to secure and bear the costs of vaccines for athletes and officials attending the Games.

The IOC will undertake great effort so that as many (people) as possible – Olympic participants and visitors will arrive here (with a) vaccine if by then a vaccine is available… This makes us all very confident that we can have spectators in the Olympics stadium next year and that spectators will enjoy a safe environment.

Thomas Bach, IOC President.

Sporting events with crowds are already underway in Tokyo, and the IOC is committed to not just having fans at Tokyo 2020, but international spectators at that.

Japan began testing COVID-19 countermeasures at near-full baseball venues at the end of October 2020- including high-resolution cameras and sensors to monitor mask-wearing, carbon-dioxide monitoring devices and wind-speed measuring machines (to monitor droplet spread outdoors), plus apps to track movement.

In November an international gymnastics competition was successfully held at Tokyo’s Olympic venue, with strict COVID-19 measures in place such as charter flights, limiting athlete movement, sanitisation of all equipment, and frequent testing.

Olympic COVID-19 policies are likely to include a dedicated “Health Base” in the Athletes’ Village; and an Infectious Disease Control Centre to centralise COVID management throughout the Games.

While the countdown clock has been reset, the original Tokyo 2020 sport schedule remains unchanged, including exciting new events such as Surfing, Sport Climbing, 3×3 Basketball and BMX Freestyle.

But the global significance of the Games has never been greater. Yoshihide Suga, Japanese Prime Minister declared the successful staging of Tokyo 2020 will be:

Proof that the human race has conquered the virus.

Yoshihide Suga, Japanese Prime Minister.

The Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games will be broadcast on Seven, Home of the Olympics and Paralympics.

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