Japan said virus can result in the torch relay changes


Japan will adjust all of the Olympic torch relay to start this month “necessary” to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, according to organizers Wednesday, giving few details.

The Olympic flame has arrived in Japan in March 20 and start less than a week later a national relay will begin in Fukushima. were raised

But with the spread of Covid-19, which has infected more than 90,000 people and killed about 3,200 worldwide, questions about whether the games can go ahead as planned [123 ]
Tokyo 2020 organizers insisted again Wednesday that they not intend to cancel the Games, but acknowledged the relay can be adjusted -. especially after a call from the Japanese government hasancellation, delay or downsizing of major events.

“The Organizing Committee will take all necessary and appropriate measures to prevent the spread of infection among runners, spectators and operational personnel,” the organizers said in a statement.
[123 ] runners and spectators will be invited to “not participate” if they feel unwell and the organizing Committee “carefully monitor the health of riders and staff, including taking temperature measurements and health checks’ the statement added.

the organizers also raised the possibility that the public parts of the relay can be limited, but said the details are still being worked outtion.

“measures such as limiting the number of participants in party venues and asked the audience of cooperation along the relay route may be considered necessary” the statement said.

Tokyo 2020 CEO Toshiro Muto said decisions would be made case by case “situations differ from community to community.”

“Concrete measures to complete the torch relay will be decided in consultation with prefectures at least one week before [the flame arrives], “he added.

he refused to give details on the steps, repeating only that access to certain sites may be limited and spectators on the road have asked “for their help in the fight against propagatioNo infections. ”

local media reported earlier on Wednesday a welcome event for the flame would be scaled Japan Miyagi northeast back the world 1,000 people only 250

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