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IOC president optimistic Japan will hold successful Olympics

Thomas Bach calls Tokyo the best-prepared city in the Games' history

Thomas Bach tells Nikkei that the Tokyo Olympics will help the community of nations reconcile differences that have sprung up during the COVID crisis.

PARIS -- The postponed Tokyo Olympics will be successfully held, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach said in an online interview with Nikkei.

As it will be the first global sports event since the COVID-19 pandemic began, "there can be no doubt that the Japanese people will not only write Olympic history but write world history with this Olympic Games," he said.

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