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IOC President Bach visits Fukushima with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as tsunami-hit region prepares to host events in Olympic Games Tokyo 2020

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Location: Fukushima, Japan

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STORY HEADLINE: IOC President Bach visits Fukushima with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as tsunami-hit region prepares to host events in Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

DATE: 24 November, 2018

LOCATION: Fukushima, Japan.

LANGUAGE: Japanese

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International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach visited Fukushima on Saturday, as preparations continue for the tsunami-hit city to host the baseball and softball events at the the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

President Bach met the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and talked to young athletes, including a number of players from a badminton competition that was played that morning, to discuss their hopes for the future and how sport had been able to help them.

Later he met three young baseball players who all had been badly affected when the tsunami hit in March 2011. More than 15,000 people were killed and 500,000 were displaced from their homes.

One of the athletes lost his home and had to be evacuated, spending more than a month in an emergency centre.  He told the President how much sport had given him and his family through this period and helped with their recovery.

President Bach told the young athletes: “Sport and baseball have given hope to you and your families. And sport has helped you to overcome many challenges as well as giving you the opportunities to meet teammates and friends. In the end, this is what sport is all about.”

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