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Interview

IOC president says Japan will write Olympic history

Thomas Bach is sure the uncertainty shrouding the big event will dissipate

Thomas Bach says the coronavirus has reminded the world how important sports are to society.

PARIS -- As preparations for the rescheduled Tokyo Olympics moved along, Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee, last month gave an interview to Nikkei in which he reflected on kindergarten, what COVID-19 has made us realize about sports and how he will treat his successor. Bach also spoke of "the solidarity of humankind, of unity, of resilience" and how these qualities "will spread from Japan to the entire world" this summer.

Edited excerpts from the interview follow.

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