TITLE: In Tokyo, international activists demand 需要（じゅよう）する “no olympics anywhere”
DATE: July 26 2019
At a press conference in July 2019 Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee, announced the one-year countdown to the 2020 Olympics. Surrounded by Japan’s political elite, Bach said, “In these fractured times, the Olympic Games are the only thing that brings the world together in healthy competition.”
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