LAUSANNE: Thomas Bach will be re-elected unopposed momentarily term as Olympic principal this week, simply 5 months prior to the opening ceremony of the coronavirus-delayed Tokyo Games and also less than a year from the progressively scrutinised 2022 Beijing Winter season Olympics.
The 67-year-old German’s second required as president of the International Olympic Board promises to be as eventful, or stormy, as his first.
One of the most important program item at the start of his brand-new four-year term, after an opening 8 years that saw him deal with, to name a few points, the problem-laden 2014 Sochi and 2016 Rio Games, state-sponsored Russian doping as well as the lethal wave of coronavirus, is the Tokyo Olympics.
The IOC took the choice to delay the 2020 Gamings for a year to July 23-August 8 throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.
The question is currently exactly how they will go on.
Bach, who won Olympic secure fencing gold for West Germany in the group aluminum foil in 1976 and has actually been an International Olympic Committee participant because 1991, need to have been re-installed as IOC president in the Greek resources Athens which was the site of the first Modern Olympics in 1896.
Yet the Covid-19 pandemic promptly placed paid to that.
The 137th IOC Session will instead take place with Bach at Lausanne head office as well as participants linking through video-conferencing from Wednesday to Friday, with the exec board meeting Monday seen as preparation for the main event.
Before reinstalling Bach, the exec board is scheduled to receive updates on the activities of the IOC management and also reports from the Organising Committees for the upcoming Olympic Games.
Among them will be the “Agenda 2020”, which has sought to improve the candidacy procedure for bidding process Olympic cities in a bid to cut costs.
It saw Paris gave the 2024 Olympics and Los Angeles the 2028 Gamings back in 2017, and the IOC last month accorded favored candidate status accorded to Brisbane for 2032.
What most eyes will be on, nonetheless, is Tokyo. There still lies a level of unpredictability.
A cancellation of the Tokyo Games is not out of the realms of imagination in spite of the race to have the coronavirus and press ahead with a Games consisted of in a bio-secure bubble.