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After the approval in July of the organisation of two IOC Sessions in 2021, the IOC Executive Board met virtually and determined that the 137th IOC Session will be held from 10 to 12 March next year in Athens.

The Hellenic Olympic Committee was selected as the host in June 2019. The IOC Executive Board will meet from 7 to 9 March 2021, also in Athens.

The 2021 election for the IOC EB will be held at the 138th IOC Session in July in Tokyo.

The IOC EB also approved, in the absence of the current IOC President, Thomas Bach, the directives concerning the election of the IOC President that is due to be held during the 137th IOC Session. This part of the meeting was led by First IOC Vice-President Anita DeFrantz.

It was agreed that the candidatures should be declared no later than 30 November 2020. In order to avoid any risk of interference with the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, now to be celebrated in 2021, and to allow for a smooth transition, it was decided that the IOC President elected during the 137th IOC Session shall take office the day after the Closing Ceremony of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

President Bach announced at the 136th IOC Session on 17 July that he will be running for a second term.