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Tokyo Olympics flame festivities scaled back over virus

AFP
Published Mar 17, 2020, 3:34 pm IST
Updated Mar 17, 2020, 3:34 pm IST
Welcome ceremonies will no longer take place but spectators can watch the torch relay from the roadside
Torchbearer Greece's Anna Korakaki (R), Rio 2016 gold medallist in the 25m pistol shooting, gives the Olympic flame to Japan's Mizuki Noguchi, Athens 2004 women's marathon gold medalist, during the Olympic flame lighting ceremony in ancient Olympia, Athens, Greece, last week. AFP Photo
 Torchbearer Greece's Anna Korakaki (R), Rio 2016 gold medallist in the 25m pistol shooting, gives the Olympic flame to Japan's Mizuki Noguchi, Athens 2004 women's marathon gold medalist, during the Olympic flame lighting ceremony in ancient Olympia, Athens, Greece, last week. AFP Photo

Tokyo: Tokyo 2020 organisers said Tuesday they were scaling back parts of the Olympic torch relay due to the coronavirus, but that spectators would still be allowed to watch from the roadside.

Welcome ceremonies will no longer take place and departure ceremonies will be closed to the public, organisers said in a statement.

 

Organisers also asked any spectators who are feeling unwell not to watch from the roadside.

Torch-bearers will have their temperature taken and those with a high temperature will be prevented from running their section of the relay.

The move comes amid increasing doubts whether the Games can open as planned on July 24, with the coronavirus decimating the global sports calendar and playing havoc with Olympic qualification.

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Location: Japan, Tokyo-to, Tokyo




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