Thomas Bach Set to Be Reinstated as Olympic Chief

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Thomas Bach is set to be reelected unopposed as Olympic Chief for a second term. The delayed 2020 Tokyo Games is five months away, with a little less than a year to the increasingly scrutinized 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.

Bach should have been reinstated as International Olympic Committee (IOC) president, but the Covid-19 pandemic put a halt to that. Before he can be reinstalled, the executive board will receive updates on the activities of the administration and reports from the Organizing Committees for the upcoming Games. This includes “Agenda 2020”, which seeks to streamline the candidacy process for bidding Olympic cities to cut costs. The agenda saw Paris granted 2024, Los Angeles the 2028 Games, and the IOC accorded preferred candidate status to Brisbane for 2032.

However, the most important item will be Tokyo 2020 and the unpredictability involved. Bach has reiterated that the IOC remains committed to holding a successful and safe Tokyo Games. The Japanese Government, Tokyo metropolitan government and the organizing committee are leaning towards holding the event in front of a local audience only.

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