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The Tokyo organizers praised for the 'diligent' Olympic example

TOKYO: The "diligent" preparations for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games are setting a good example for future bids, according to President Thomas Bach of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

Speaking at the National Olympic Committees of the National Olympic Committee (ANOC) in General Assembly in Tokyo on Thursday, Bach praised his hosts following their presentation to the delegates.

"For everything, there are solutions and there are solutions already underway," the German said during his keynote speech. "The facilities are ready or will be ready in time. You will experience great test events next year.

"Tokyo is really an example for a diligent preparation for the Olympic Games, and I would like to thank and congratulate our friends from the Tokyo Organizing Committee once more."

During this week's visit to Japan, which includes trips to Fukushima with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and Tokyo 2020 offices and venues, Bach has praised the hosts of the next Summer Games that begin in July 2020.

Bach will be pleased at the stability given by Tokyo's solid progress. With concerns over the candidate cities for the 2026 Winter Olympics, the recent Russian doping scandal and controversial election of a new supervisor of amateur boxing.

During his presentation to the General Assembly, the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee CEO Toshiro Muto said that the focus of the Games would be on a "soft legacy".

"The 1964 Games in Tokyo transformed the city with new infrastructure, such as the shinkansen (bullet train) and metropolitan expressway, which boosted economic development in Japan," he explained.

"For the 2020 Games, we would like to put a particular focus on soft legacy rather than hard legacy. The Games will bring about social change and create truly inclusive society for everyone.

"The Tokyo 2020 Games will be remembered as a catalyst for the biggest social transformation for Tokyo and Japan in this era."

(Reporting by Jack Tarrant; Editing by John O'Brien)

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