Bach: Olympics will show Fukushima's recovery

Bach: Olympics will show Fukushima's recovery

The president of the International Olympic Committee says the Tokyo Games will be a chance to show the world how far people affected by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami have recovered.

Thomas Bach spoke to reporters in Tokyo after being briefed about preparations for the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics.

He said he cannot remember seeing a host city as prepared as Tokyo in all respects.

He also referred to his first trip to Fukushima City, where the baseball and softball events will be held. He met with local high school students during the trip.

He said that he was very impressed that sport is helping young people recovery psychologically from the disaster.

Bach said some people have criticized the decision to hold the events in Fukushima, saying it will hamper the recovery work. But he said local people told him they are looking forward to the events.

Bach indicated that he wants to visit Hiroshima when the Olympic flame arrives in the atomic-bombed city.