International Olympic Committee hopes to agree new Tokyo Olympics date 'as soon as possible'

IWAKI JAPAN- MARCH 25 A staff preserves the Olympic flame to the lantern during the 'Flame of Recovery' special exhibition at Aquamarine Park a day after the postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games announced due to the cor

IWAKI JAPAN- MARCH 25 A staff preserves the Olympic flame to the lantern during the 'Flame of Recovery' special exhibition at Aquamarine Park a day after the postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games announced due to the cor

A man is seen through the Olympic rings in front of the New National Stadium in Tokyo, on Tuesday. The Summer Games have been delayed amid the coronavirus pandemic.

IOC chief Thomas Bach has followed up on the organization's postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games by leaving the door open for a spring games, as he confirmed the rearranged Games before the end of summer 2021.

Bach said in a conference call on Wednesday morning that a call would take place with the 33 worldwide sports federations on Thursday to discuss the matter.

Asked whether he had considered resigning over criticism that the committee had taken too long to reach its conclusion about delaying the Games, Bach answered: "No". "There was a remark that he supports Prime Minister Abe's stance 100%".

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The Tokyo organizing committee has estimated that the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics will cost an additional 300 billion yen ($2.7 billion), Nikkei learned on Wednesday.

Bach has become a figure of great global attention, receiving criticism for around the world of sports for the handling of the postponing of the Tokyo Olympic Games, with many accusing him of waiting too long to decide to move the 2020 Olympics to 2021.

Samsung is supporting the IOC's decision to postpone the Olympics until next year and has confirmed that it will work closely with the organizers 'to ensure a safe and memorable Olympic Games'.

The Games were put back to 2021 on Tuesday after the International Olympic Committee and Japanese organisers were warned by the World Health Organisation that the spread of coronavirus was accelerating across the planet. "With a fresh mind, not giving up, I want to go through this challenge heading into next year".

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