Tokyo 2020 organisers warn in opposition to large gatherings throughout torch relay By Reuters

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TOKYO (Reuters) – The Tokyo Olympic Organising Committee mentioned on Thursday they’re asking spectators for the upcoming torch relay to assist by clapping, and can broadcast the occasion dwell to keep away from gatherings.

The torch relay, which can start on March 25 and journey via Japan, may very well be quickly suspended over issues concerning the coronavirus pandemic if large gatherings are noticed on streets in the course of the occasion, Yukihiko Nunomura, senior government at Tokyo 2020, advised a media briefing.

“By any probability, if any dense gatherings occur on streets, torch relay may be stopped as we prioritise security and safety,” Nunomura mentioned.

He mentioned the organisers had delay a call whether or not to proceed with the relay in Tochigi prefecture, initially scheduled for late March, as a result of the prefecture has known as for pointless outside actions amid the pandemic.

Stricter measures like no spectators are doable, with little visibility over how the coronavirus pandemic will play out, officers mentioned.

The Tokyo Olympics have confronted quite a few hurdles, together with public opposition in opposition to the Video games on well being issues and sexist remarks by a former chief of the organising crew.

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