Olympic Games

Thomas Bach confirms IOC re-election bid

IOC President Thomas Bach has confirmed that he will seek re-election in 2021.

Speaking at the IOC’s first virtual Session, which also saw two new Vice-Presidents elected, Bach confirmed that he will for a second four-year term.

He said: "If you, the IOC members want, I am ready to run for a second term as IOC President, and to continue to serve you and this Olympic Movement which we all love so much." 

The Session saw Australian John D. Coates and Singaporean Ser Miang Ng as Vice-Presidents.

Seb Coe nominated as IOC Member

World Athletics President Sebastian Coe has been nominated to become a new IOC Member, after the organisation five new propose figures.

Coe is the only nominee whose role is linked to a function within an International Federation, and his nomination comes as IOC President Thomas Bach confirmed that Coe must take a ‘passive position’ at CSM Sport & Entertainment - the agency where he currently serves as Executive Chairman.

Team GB team up with TikTok for Isolation Games

Team GB and TikTok have teamed up to launch the #IsolationGames, challenging British athletes and the public to creatively recreate the summer of sport in their own home.  

With the world’s summer sporting events postponed or cancelled, top British Olympic athletes, including hockey player Sam Ward, gymnastic gold medallist Max Whitlock, snowboarder Aimee Fuller, and diving silver medallist Leon Taylor have been enlisted to create sporting moments for the public’s entertainment as part of the initiative. 

IOC confirms new 2021 dates for Tokyo Olympics

The IOC has confirmed that the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 will take place from 23rd July to 8th August 2021, exactly one year after they were originally planned.

An agreement between IOC President Thomas Bach, Tokyo 2020 President Mori Yoshiro, Tokyo Governor Koike Yuriko and Olympic and Paralympic Minister Hashimoto Seiko took place via a telephone conference where the new schedule was confirmed.

The group also agreed on new dates for the Paralympic Games, which will now take place from 24th August to 5th September 2021.

Sponsors and stakeholders send IOC messages of support

In light of the decision to postpone the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, sponsors and stakeholders have announced their messages of support for the decision and for the IOC.

The decision to postpone the Games until no later than summer 2021 was taken after a meeting between Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and IOC President Thomas Bach and amid mounting pressure from athletes, federations and National Olympic Committees. 

IOC confirms Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 postponement

The Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 has officially been postponed, following talks between Japanese President Shinzo Abe and IOC President Thomas Bach.

The Japanese Premier has officially asked the IOC to move the Games back one year, with the IOC’s Executive Board set to approve the decision.

In a joint statement, the IOC and the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee said: "In a very friendly and constructive meeting, the two leaders praised the work of the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee and noted the great progress being made in Japan to fight against COVID-19.

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