IOC's Bach praises Tokyo preparations for "safe" Games

This was Bach's first face-to-face meeting with the committee since finishing his three-day quarantine after arriving in Tokyo.

Organizers last week announced that spectators would be banned from nearly all venues, all but depriving of Japan of hopes for a Games with a public spectacle. Host city Tokyo entered a fresh state of emergency on Monday (July 12), which will last until August 22, as authorities aim to curb rising numbers of COVID-19 infections.

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