By Mayuko Ono and Jack Tarrant
International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach said he wanted closer co-operation from Japanese officials to ensure the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games were the cleanest on record in terms of doping.[…]
Bach made the trip to Fukushima to see the Azuma Baseball Stadium which will host the first events of the Tokyo Games on July 22, 2020.
The area was ravaged by a 2011 earthquake and tsunami that killed some 18,000 people and caused meltdowns at the nuclear power plant in Fukushima.
“We are very much impressed about the great progress, the reconstruction and also the mental recovery that the population has made in Fukushima,” Bach told Abe.
“We are very happy that in this recovery, in this psychological recovery in particular, sport has played an important role.
“We are convinced that the decision that we took some time ago to organize six baseball and softball games here in Fukushima was the right one,” he added.
“It will be the culmination of the contribution of sport to the reconstruction and recovery of this area.”
Abe echoed Bach’s sentiments, saying: “Fukushima is the very place to prove the power of sports and the Olympics.”