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IOC's Bach gets mixed reaction in one-day visit to Hiroshima

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Posted at 3:06 AM, Jul 16, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-16 03:06:24-04

IOC President Thomas Bach got a mixed reception in his visit to Hiroshima to mark the first day of the so-called Olympic Truce.

Such a visit would ordinarily be routine but the Olympics are set to open next week with Tokyo under a state of emergency and with much of the population opposed to the games being held during the pandemic.

Bach placed a wreath and observed a minute of silence in the rain in front of the Peace Memorial Park cenotaph.

Faint voices of protesters who were kept at a distance could be heard shouting “go home Bach” and “you're not welcome here."

Protesters were seen near the Atomic Bomb Dome with signs that read “Cancel The Olympics."