The Torch Relay is scheduled to be commissioned in just three months to postpone the Tokyo Olympics, and it faces questions similar to the Olympics about being held safely during the coronovirus epidemic.
Organizers said it is to begin on Tuesday, March 25 from the northeast area of Fukushima. It was also the starting point for Riley before the Olympics were postponed nine months earlier.
This coastal region of Japan was devastated by an earthquake and tsunami about 10 years ago and the subsequent recession of three nuclear reactors.
The relay will travel across Japan and will involve 10,000 runners and thousands of officials. This does not include local residents who want to see the torch going away.
“Continuous work on COVID-19 countermeasures for torch relay; Tokyo Olympic Organizing Committee Deputy Director-General, Yukihiko Nunomura, who is related to the event, said the audience, Torture as well as officials during an on-line news conference on Tuesday.
Riley is sponsored by Toyota and Coca-Cola – two heavyweight Olympic sponsors. There was some discussion early about the possibility of ending the incident due to cost and safety reasons, but the idea was quickly dismissed.
The relay will run for 121 days and will pass through 859 municipalities – planned before adjournment.
“We wanted to simplify the program as much as possible, trying to minimize the number of vehicles and spectators,” said Nonomura. “As you know the torch relay will go all over Japan and we will have a lot of participants.”
Tokyo Skytree, the highest tower in Japan, was shone in gold on Tuesday to celebrate 100 days until the relay began.
The postponed Olympics are scheduled to open on July 23, 2021 and are scheduled to include a full complement of 11,000 athletes. The Paralympics will add 4,400 more.
The organizers of the Olympics and the Torch Relay are waiting until early next year to provide specific details about the countermeasures for coronoviruses. They have recently been encouraged about the roll out of vaccines.
“Some vaccines are now being distributed and actually used,” Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike said in an interview with The Associated Press on Monday. “I don’t have a silver lining.”
Japan has seen new infections across the country over the past several weeks. The new cases totaled 3,041 on Saturday – up from 3,000 for the first time.
Japan, with a population of 125 million, has handled the epidemic relatively well, with just over 2,500 deaths attributed to COVID-19.
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