COVID-19 affected sports world drastically, and one of the events to suffer this major hit was – Tokyo Olympics 2020. The event was immediately postponed by a year mark as soon as the cases increased all over the world. While the International Olympic Committee (IOC) was hopeful of welcoming fans back to the stadium in delayed edition this year, things took a turn for worse. Following the recent increase in the cases again, Japanese government have announced the games to be held without audience from abroad. If that was not disappointing enough for fans all over the world, the latest announcement has come up with shocking news even for the fans in Japan. As per the latest announcement, Olympics Torch Relay Ceremony will not witness any fans this time.
Olympics Torch Relay Ceremony
A symbol of peace, friendship, tolerance and hope, Torch Relay Ceremony marks the beginning of the tournament. The Olympic Torch goes through a journey of 121 days before ending at the venue for the games. The flame in it continues to burn until the end of the tournament. However, the flame is then extinguished during the closing ceremony of the games. This year, Torch Relay Ceremony will start from the J-Village Training Center in Fukushima from March 25. Although fans will miss taking part in the glorious event, as a part of the precautionary measures. The update came via a tweet from a Japanese journalist covering the event –
— Natsuko Fukue (@natfukue) March 15, 2021
With hopes for foreign spectators already crushed, this came as a shock for Japanese fans as well. The country capital will host the Olympics from July 23 to August 8 this year. The world famous tournament will witness 339 events across 33 sports with over 11,000 athletes taking part from 206 nations across the world.