New Japanese PM gets word out: He supports Tokyo Olympics

Japan’s new prime minister has gotten the word out to the president of the International Olympic Committee that he has a “strong commitment” to next year’s delayed Tokyo Games

TOKYO — Japan’s new prime minister has gotten the word out to the president of the International Olympic Committee that he is behind next year’s delayed Tokyo Games.

Mori said that was the message he conveyed on a call to IOC President Thomas Bach.

“Mr. Bach was very pleased when he heard this,” Mori said, speaking on Thursday at the organizing committee offices. “He said he wanted to fly over immediately and thank Mr. Suga for that.”

They have said specifics about fans, quarantines, border controls and testing will not be forthcoming until the end of the year, or even into early 2021.

Hashimoto, an Olympic medal winner, said her focus was the athletes.

“I think making environments where athletes can respect each other and compete to the best of their ability is the most important,” she said.

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