26 NOVEMBER 2020

IOC President Bach's message to athletes

“We are all together in this dark tunnel. We do not know how long this tunnel is, and we don’t know what is happening tomorrow. But we want the Olympic flame to be a light at the end of the tunnel.

“Imagine what this could mean for all of us. These Olympic Games could finally be the celebration of humanity after having overcome this unprecedented crisis of the coronavirus. It could be true celebration of the determination of all of us, and a true celebration of the Olympic spirit that unites us all. You would be the main protagonists of this Olympic community celebrating this light at the end of the tunnel.”