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Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Pros and cons of holding the Tokyo Olympics during a pandemic

Organizers say Games can be 'safe and secure' but domestic opposition strong

Anti-Olympic protesters in Tokyo on May 9; International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach attends the Executive Board virtual meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland, on May 12. (Source photos by Ken Kobayashi and Reuters)

TOKYO -- International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach was supposed to have been the guest of honor at the torch relay in Hiroshima prefecture this week.

But Hiroshima joined Tokyo and seven other prefectures in a COVID state of emergency on Sunday. Aware of potential negative press, Japanese officials asked Bach to postpone his trip.

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