IOC's Bach: Athletes should get vaccines

Bach's visit, his first since the decision to postpone the Games in March, has been up-beat throughout and he has spoken about the great impact a vaccine could have on Tokyo's ability to host the Olympics next year.

During a visit to the Athletes' Village earlier on Tuesday (November 17), Bach repeated that athletes would not be forced to get a vaccination but suggested that they should for the sake of others.

More than 11,000 athletes are expected to descend upon Tokyo for the Olympics, which begin on July 23, with thousands more coming for the subsequent Paralympics.

However, when pressed whether athletes were going to jump the queue to get any potential vaccine before the Games, Bach was adamant this wouldn't be the case.