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Weekend Reads fans allowed at the Olympic torch relay in Japan - loud cheering but prohibited

11:43  25 february  2021
11:43  25 february  2021 Source:   pressfrom.com

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Spectators are allowed at the torch relay for the Summer Olympics in Tokyo, but loud cheering for the runners is prohibited to protect against infection with the corona virus. According to the rules published by the Japanese organizing committee on Thursday, fans along the route must also keep their distance and wear masks. They are allowed to cheer on the torchbearers with applause and fan articles to clap, but not "by shouting and cheering".

Beim Fackellauf für die Olympischen Sommerspiele in Tokio sind Zuschauer erlaubt, lautes Anfeuern der Läufer ist zum Schutz vor einer Ansteckung mit dem Coronavirus aber verboten. © Philip FONG Spectators are allowed at the torch relay for the Olympic Summer Games in Tokyo, but loud cheering on the runners is prohibited to protect against infection with the corona virus.

The torch relay is scheduled to start on March 25th in Fukushima. The Olympic flame will then be carried through all 47 Japanese prefectures. In some regions there is already resistance to the plans. The governor of Shimane Prefecture is reported to have already threatened bans. The chief organizer of the Games, Seiko Hashimoto, said on Wednesday that the torch relay should unite the whole country under the slogan "Hope lights our way".

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