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IOC President pays first visit to 2020 Olympic Games host Tokyo - meets Japanese Prime Minister Abe

IOC President pays first visit to 2020 Olympic Games host Tokyo - meets Japanese Prime Minister Abe
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20/11/2013

Making his first official visit to Tokyo since his election as head of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in September, President Thomas Bach today met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

The pair discussed the structure of the local Organising Committee for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, which should be formed within the coming months, and the Japanese Prime Minister also raised the composition of the Olympic programme and the possibility of including baseball in future editions of the Olympic Games.  

The Prime Minister also accepted an invitation from President Bach to attend the next Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, which begin in just over two months.

Accompanying the President for the meeting at the Japanese Diet were IOC Coordination Commission Chairman for Tokyo 2020 John Coates and Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) President Tsunekazu Takeda, who led the successful Tokyo bid.   

The Japanese Prime Minister was accompanied by the Japanese Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Hakubun Shimomura, who is also responsible for the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games for the national government. They were joined by seven-time Olympian Seiko Hashimoto, who is also a parliamentarian.  

The IOC President later attended a meeting of Japanese business leaders eager to discover the potential opportunities of the 2020 Games.   

Earlier, President Bach had met Tokyo Governor Naoki Inose.  

The visit came just a week after a two-day Orientation Seminar delivered by the IOC to help the Japanese organisers successfully negotiate the crucial transition phase from bid city to organiser and get a quick start to preparations in the lead-up to the Games. 

It was the third stop for President Bach during a four-city Asian tour. On Monday he visited Nanjing, host of the 2nd Summer Youth Olympic Games in 2014, before travelling to Beijing on Tuesday. The President will conclude his tour in Seoul on Thursday with meetings with organisers of the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games.

Discover the best photos of Nanjing 2014

  • Gold medalist Sarah Hornung of Switzerland in the women's 10m Air Rifle

    Nanjing 2014 - Gold medalist Sarah Hornung of Switzerland competes in the women's 10m Air Rifle final of shooting event at the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, August 19, 2014.

  • Gold medalist Sarah Hornung of Switzerland in the women's 10m Air Rifle

    Nanjing 2014 - Gold medalist Sarah Hornung of Switzerland celebrates after the women's 10m Air Rifle of shooting event at the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, capital of Jiangsu Province, on August 19, 2014.

  • Women's 10m Air Rifle Medalists

    Nanjing 2014 - Gold medalist Sarah Hornung (C) of Switzerland, silver medalist Martina Lindsay Veloso (L) of Singapore and bronze medalist Julia Budde of Germany pose on the podium during the awarding ceremony of the women's 10m Air Rifle of shooting event at the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, capital of Jiangsu Province, on August 19, 2014.

  • Edival Marques Quirino Pontes of Brazil in Men's -63kg Taekwondo

    Nanjing 2014 - Gold medalist Edival Marques Quirino Pontes of Brazil fights against silver medalist Jose Ruben Nava Rodriguez of Mexico Men-63kg final of Taekwondo event of Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, on Aug. 19, 2014.

  • Women's -55kg Taekwondo Medalists

    Nanjing 2014 - Gold medalist Ivana Babic(2nd, L) of Croatia, silver medalist Fatma Saridogan(1st, L) of Turkey, bronze medalist Laura Roebben(1st, R) of Belgium and Tatiana Kudashova of Russian Fed pose after the Women's -55kg Gold Medal Final of Taekwondo at the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, on August 19, 2014.

  • Women's 58-kg Weightlifting Medalists

    Nanjing 2014 - Gold medalist Chiang Nien-Hsin (C) of Chinese Taipei, silver medalist Anastasiia Petrova (L) of Russian Federation and bronze medalist Sasha Nievas of Argentina pose on the podium after the women's 58-kg weightlifting event at the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, Aug. 19, 2014.

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