The Olympics are 10 days away and it’s time to remember where it is being held. The Head of the IOC mixed up the Japanese and the Chinese and called the Chinese residents of the Celestial Empire the masters of the coming Games. Thomas Bach misspoke at a meeting with the legendary Japanese athlete and statesman Seiko Hashimoto, president of the organizing committee of the Games.
“Our common goal is to have a safe Games for everyone – for athletes, members of delegations and, most importantly, for Chinese people… I mean Japanese citizens,” said Thomas Bach, chairman of the International Olympic Committee.
However, they did not rebuke Thomas Bach for the reservation. It is unlikely that the head of the IOC believes the Chinese and Japanese are the same. Especially since the 2022 Winter Games will be hosted by Beijing.