The governor of the western prefecture of Shimane Tatsuya Maruyama announced his intention to abandon the Olympic torch relay due to the situation with COVID, TASS reports.
He noted that by May, when the relay must pass through the region, the epidemiological situation with regard to coronavirus may not yet improve, and such an event will not be safe. He added that Tokyo remains the main source of the virus in the country.
The start of the Olympic torch relay in Japan is scheduled for March 25 in Fukushima Prefecture. The race will last 121 days, and the torch is planned to be carried through all 47 prefectures of the country.
Recall that the Olympic Games in Tokyo were supposed to be held from July 24 to August 9, 2020, but they were postponed due to the pandemic. Now the Olympics will take place from July 23 to August 8, 2021.
Earlier, the IOC has already confirmed the decision to hold the Olympic Games this year. It was also reported that the committee is not considering moving the competition from Tokyo to Florida.
We add that the IOC has not yet decided whether spectators can be present at the Tokyo Olympics.