Tokyo Olympic Relays Commence Despite Pandemic Fears

The Tokyo Olympic torch relayed kicked off on Thursday amid COVID-19 fears as organizers try to build “momentum” for the opening of the global sporting event on July 23.

“The flame will embark on a 121-day journey, carrying people’s hopes and wishes for world peace across Japan,” the organizing committee’s new president Seiko Hashimoto said.

Only a few guests, including Hashimoto, will take in as members of the women’s soccer team light the torch with the Olympic flame while others will have to watch the live ceremony on TV or online. 

The audience will also have to resort to small screens to follow the relay over the next 121 days, until the games are launched on July 23.

People who get to watch a leg or two in-person shall have to wear masks and observe social distancing rules and they will not be allowed to shout but clapping will be allowed.

Only a limited number of people attended the opening ceremony as a precaution against the spread of the coronavirus.

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