IOC President Thomas Bach will arrive in Japan on July 8  ©Getty Images

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has confirmed its President Thomas Bach will arrive in Japan on July 8 ahead of the delayed Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

The organisation said Bach has been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and would follow the playbooks produced for the Games.

He will work remotely during his three days in isolation.

The IOC said his official programme of in-person and remote meetings with arriving delegations will begin on July 12.

Bach is expected to meet with Games stakeholders and the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee.

The IOC has confirmed Japanese media reports that Bach will visit Hiroshima on July 16, with IOC vice-president John Coates visiting Nagasaki on the same day.

The two cities were devastated by atomic bombs dropped at the end of the Second World War.

About 140,000 people died in Hiroshima after an atomic bomb was dropped on the city by the United States Air Force on August 6 in 1945.

Nagasaki was bombed by the Americans three days later, resulting in around 40,000 deaths before Japan surrendered, bringing the war to an end on August 15.

Bach had previously planned to visit Hiroshima in May to coincide with the Torch Relay’s passage through the prefecture before the trip was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The planned visits to Hiroshima and Nagasaki are part of the Olympic Truce, with the IOC looking to promote peace.

Inspired by the Ancient Games, the IOC revived the Olympic Truce in 1992, and it is now introduced for each edition of the Games.

Coates arrived in Japan last month.

The visits will take place ahead of the IOC Executive Board meeting in Tokyo, scheduled for July 17 and 18.

The IOC Session follows on July 20.

The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will open on July 23 ©Getty Images
The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will open on July 23 ©Getty Images

Last month, Japan's opposition leader Yukio Edano called for Bach and other VIPs, such as world leaders, to be banned from attending the Olympics due to COVID-19 concerns.

The IOC and Tokyo 2020 organisers have insisted rules in the playbooks will help to keep the Games safe and secure.

The measures include a reduction in the number of accredited officials and banning visits to tourist areas.

A letter from Bach, published this week, said 84 per cent of the members of the National Olympic Committee delegations will be vaccinated.

He added that the IOC delegation, including members and the IOC staff, will arrive in Japan with close to 100 per cent of them vaccinated.

The IOC claim 70 to 80 per cent of the media representatives will also be vaccinated.

Japan’s vaccination roll out has increased significantly in recent weeks, with over 40 million doses having been administered since the start of May.

Over 44 million doses have been given in total and 15.3 million people - 12.1 per cent of the population - have been fully vaccinated.

Japan is regularly reporting that over one million doses are being administered per day.

Japan reported an increase in new COVID-19 cases yesterday with 1,820 recorded, above the seven-day average of 1,503.

The Olympics are scheduled to take place from July 23 to August 8.

The Paralympics are then due to follow from August 24 to September 5.