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Tokyo 2020 Olympics

IOC ready to send medical staff to Tokyo Olympics

Committee head Bach vows games will be 'organized in a safe way'

International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach speaks on May 19, as Tokyo 2020 Olympics Organizing Committee President Seiko Hashimoto listens in Tokyo.   © Reuters

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach said Wednesday his organization is prepared to send medical staff to the Tokyo Olympics as part of efforts to deal with the coronavirus pandemic.

Speaking at the outset of a three-day virtual meeting between Japan and the IOC's Coordination Commission, Bach said, "The IOC has offered to the organizing committee to have additional medical personnel...to support the medical operations and the strict implementation of COVID-19 countermeasures."

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