Olympic Torch Relay Gets Scrapped In Tokyo Olympics Amid Covid-19 Concerns

As per reports, the government’s ‘top house advisor’, on Wednesday, told the parliamentary health committee that it was important to reduce the number of Olympic officials and others attending the various events.

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August 1, 2021

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The government of Japan is reportedly considering banning the spectators at the Tokyo Olympics. This news comes amid the fear of a potential coronavirus outbreak, just two weeks before the game. As per reports from the Japanese media, the govt may ban spectators from all events at the Olympics. According to experts, the games which have no audience in attendance will be the ‘least risky’.

As per reports, overseas audiences have been banned from attending the games. The govt. took this decision after failing to secure a majority in a poll for Tokyo’s assembly. The issue is reportedly ‘due to be decided’ on Thursday, and the meeting will include Toyko Governor Yuriko Koike as well.

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As per reports, the government’s ‘top house advisor’, on Wednesday, told the parliamentary health committee that it was important to reduce the number of Olympic officials and others attending the various events. As per reports, the reduction should be made as much as possible.

Japan’s health minister, Shigeru Omi, said in a meeting that if the Olympics are to be conducted in Japan, then it has to be done on a smaller scale as much as possible. This step needs to be taken in order to not send any ‘contradictory messages.’ He said, “I think there is a need to allow those involved with the Olympics to enter the venues, but on a smaller scale as much as possible. This is extremely important so mixed messages are not sent.”

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Amid all this, the Tokyo city administration has banned Olympic relay events in the city. As per reports, they will be replaced by private flame lighting ceremonies. They will start across the city of Tokyo from Friday. These events will reportedly be streamed online till the opening ceremony on July 23. The audience has been urged to watch the ceremony online, from their homes. Earlier, the torch passing relays were scrapped in the cities of Kyoto and Hiroshima, fearing the spread of the virus.

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As per reports, Japan has recorded more than 800,000 Covid-19 cases and 14,800 deaths so far. Almost a quarter of the population has had at least the first shot of the vaccine as of now.

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