- 13 Mar 2015
President Bach meets Japanese Prime Minister Abe
In Tokyo to announce a milestone TOP partnership with the Toyota Motor Corporation, IOC President Thomas Bach once again held talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
The leaders discussed the excellent cooperation and the strong commitment of the Japanese business community towards the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. President Bach remarked that the relationship was a strong asset for the preparation of the Games. He highlighted the contribution in this respect of the role played by IOC Member in Japan and IOC Marketing Commission Chairman Tsunekazu Takeda.
They also discussed the United Nations Truce Resolution ahead of the Olympic Games Rio 2016 and the upcoming discussions on the Sustainable Development Goals and the importance of the role of sport. Prime Minister Abe offered the support of his government in this respect.
President Bach was able to give a very positive report on the progress of the Organising Committee for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 (OCOG), particularly in regard to sustainability. The OCOG recently approved three venue changes in the context of Olympic Agenda 2020, which has already saved USD 1 billion from the revised construction budget. The organising committee will continue its work in this direction, he told Prime Minister Abe.