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Sport Olympic torch relay should start in front of spectators

09:37  25 february  2021
09:37  25 february  2021 Source:   sport1.de

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The Olympic torch relay will start in front of spectators on March 25th. This was announced by the organizers of the Summer Games in Tokyo on Thursday.

Olympischer Fackellauf soll vor Zuschauern starten © Provided by sport1.de Olympic torch relay should start in front of spectators

The Olympic torch relay will start in front of spectators on March 25th. This was announced by the organizers of the Summer Games in Tokyo on Thursday. As a precaution against the corona virus, however, there should be no cheers or cheers when the Olympic flame is traveling. In addition, the number of spectators is limited and there is a mask requirement.

"The infection situation will vary from area to area, so we have to take this into account and it will be very important to take a careful approach," said Seiko Hashimoto, OK chief of the Summer Games, told media representatives. The aim is "to gain people's understanding in all areas and to connect the whole country under the 'Hope Lights Our Way' torch relay concept."

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According to the organizers' plans, the torch relay will start on March 25th in Fukushima and should bring the fire to Tokyo by the planned start of the Olympic Games on July 23rd. Torchbearers are allowed to walk without a mask, but must keep special health records in the two weeks prior to their deployment and avoid risky activities such as eating out or going to crowded places. Foreign runners, of whom 300 were planned to be integrated into the event last year, will be "very difficult", according to the organizers, given the current pandemic situation.

Last year, the symbolic run, which is supposed to cross 47 prefectures of Japan, was canceled a few days before the start due to the corona pandemic, and the summer games had been postponed by one year to summer 2021.

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UK-OLYMPICS-2020-COATES:Decision on foreign spectators up to Japan, says IOC's CoatesThe comments came after Tokyo 2020 President Seiko Hashimoto said she wanted to reach a decision on foreign spectators by the start of the torch relay on March 25. Olympics Minister Tamayo Marukawa said the government would decide by the month-end.

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