International Olympics Committee chief Thomas Bach said Monday (November 16) he was "very confident" spectators can attend the postponed 2021 games in Tokyo, Japan.
That announcement came after a meeting with Japanese prime minister Yoshihide Suga, where the two fist-bumped in greeting.
Bach is visiting Japan for two days of meetings with Games organisers to discuss countermeasures to combat the coronavirus. Talks will include whether to allow spectators into venues, and how to safely accommodate more than 11,000 athletes from across the world.
The visit is his first to Tokyo since March, when he and former prime minister Shinzo Abe decided to postpone the Games to 2021 because of virus risks.
In Monday's meeting, Suga, who succeeded Abe as prime minister earlier this year, reiterated Japan's commitment to hosting the Games in Monday's meeting.
Later on Monday, Bach is set to award Abe the Olympic Order, the IOC's highest accolade and will also visit the newly-built National Stadium.