Sport Coronavirus: Tokyo 2020 - 50,000 Japanese pilgrims to the Olympic flame despite the epidemic

17:05  22 march  2020
17:05  22 march  2020 Source:   spiegel.de

Trump issues first call for postponing Olympics

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Despite the spread of the Corona virus, tens of thousands have gathered in Japan to admire the Olympic flame. Meanwhile, Tokyo is apparently working on plans to postpone the games.

  Coronavirus: Tokio 2020 - 50.000 Japaner pilgern trotz Epidemie zum Olympischen Feuer © Kyodo News / imago images

Despite the measures against the spread of the corona virus, tens of thousands of people have set off to the Olympic fire in Japan. More than 50,000 flocked to Sendai Station in Miyagi Prefecture on Saturday, where the flame was presented in a golden cauldron.

The Olympic flame lit in Greece arrived at Matsushima Air Base in Miyagi on Friday. Because of the corona virus pandemic, only a few dozen guests were present. In order to be able to see the flame, the queue was sometimes 500 meters long, according to Japanese media reports. Some visitors waited for hours. The multi-month torch relay through Japan starts on Thursday.

Tokyo 2020 torch handover to take place in empty Athens stadium

  Tokyo 2020 torch handover to take place in empty Athens stadium UK-HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS-TOKYO2020:Tokyo 2020 torch handover to take place in empty Athens stadium © Reuters/ALKIS KONSTANTINIDIS Tokyo 2020 Olympic Flame at the Panathenaic stadium Greece on Friday cancelled the remainder of the domestic Olympic torch relay through the country to avoid attracting crowds a day after the Tokyo Games flame was lit in ancient Olympia.

"We were finally asked to carry out a simulation in the event of a postponement"

The Tokyo Olympic Games are one of the few events that have not yet been canceled after the outbreak of the pandemic. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is firmly committed to plans to host the world's greatest sporting event in the summer. One is not preparing for a shift - the IOC and the Japanese government emphasize this again and again.

Apparently, alternatives to a staging from July 24th to August 9th are already being worked on behind closed doors. The Reuters news agency reports, citing sources familiar with the plans.

"We were finally asked to run a simulation in the event of a shift," said one of the sources. "We are making alternative plans - Plan B, C, D - with different timeframes for the move." The options, which included a reduction in the mega event and a staging without spectators, would be discussed by the organizing committee at the end of March.

And the IOC sends out questionnaires

While protests are growing among athletes and national sports associations, the IOC has sent all National Olympic Committees (NOK) a catalog of questions about the corona crisis almost four months before the Olympic Games in Tokyo, which the AFP news agency is present. The IOC is now asking the NOKs how the emergency regulations related to Covid-19 restrict their athletes' training and preparation.

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