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A visit by International Olympic Committee head Thomas Bach to Japan that had been set for May 17-18 has been postponed due to the extension of the state of emergency, Tokyo 2020 Olympics organizers said on Monday.

“In the light of the extension of the state of emergency last week and various circumstances we are facing, the visit of IOC President Bach to Japan scheduled for 17 and 18 May has been postponed,” Tokyo 2020 said in a statement.

“We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation in Japan and other relevant factors and will re-arrange his visit to Japan as soon as possible.”

The trip was now being arranged for June, Fuji News Network reported Monday, citing multiple unidentified sources. A prerequisite for his visit would be the lifting of any states of emergency, the report added.

The IOC chief had initially expected to participate in a torch relay event in Hiroshima on May 17, meeting Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga the following day, roughly two months before the opening of the Tokyo Olympics, officials familiar with the planning said earlier.

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