Bach says Tokyo Olympics 'in full delivery phase'

International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach has reiterated that this summer's Tokyo Olympics will go ahead as scheduled.

Bach spoke at a news conference for the first time in about two months on Thursday after a three-day virtual session of the IOC Executive Board.

He said "we are in a full delivery phase" of the Tokyo Olympics, "in close cooperation with all the stakeholders."

Bach said he will arrive in Tokyo in mid-July before the Olympics open on July 23. He said the arrival date was decided after considering the quarantine period required in Japan.

Olympic Games Executive Director Christophe Dubi also attended the news conference.

He said the athletes are "very confident" about the anti-coronavirus measures that have been put in place for a number of competitions in Japan, including some test events.

He also referred to the Tokyo 2020 Playbooks, which outline anti-infection rules for the games' participants. He said their final editions will come out next week with "a lot more details."

Dubi called the Tokyo Games "the best prepared ever," as they have been described by Bach on many occasions.

Meanwhile, the IOC Executive Board decided to propose the Australian city of Brisbane as the host of the 2032 Summer Games. The decision will be finalized if the city wins a majority of votes from IOC members at a session in Tokyo on July 21.