Tokyo 2020
Tokyo 2020

Tokyo 2020 Torch Relay is likely to be affected because of the coronavirus outbreak.

The Torch Relay will begin in Fukushima Prefecture on March 29. Fukushima Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located in the Tōhoku region and is among the disaster-hit.

However, while the Torch Relay will begin as planned, Toshirō Mutō, chief executive said considerations are taking place to reduce the stops.

Japanese media are reporting that scaling down the size of the departure and arrival ceremonies could be among the measures put in place by Tokyo 2020.

“Downsizing is among the approaches we can consider,” said Mutō.

The virus has so far killed 2,770 people and infected more than 81,000 worldwide.

“Bringing spectators together in large numbers increases the risk of infection,” Mutō said, according to the Kyodo news agency.

Senior member of the International Olympic Committee, Dick Pound, said the IOC has until the end of May to decide whether or not the Tokyo Olympics will go ahead in the light of the coronavirus crisis.

“You could certainly go to two months out if you had to,” Pound, who is still an IOC member, was quoted as saying.

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  1. Cancel the flipping Olympic Games and let people get on with their lives… It would be more disastrous to wait until May to take that decision


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