The torch relay in Tokyo will begin as planned in northeastern Japan’s Fukushima prefecture on March 25th, organizers said on Monday.
The Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee will launch the torch relay at the J-Village National Training Center in Fukushima, which was hit hard by the 2011 tsunami and earthquake, Xinhua said.
Organizers said the number of participants traveling from Tokyo to the site was limited to prevent the spread of Covid-19. The start of the program has been simplified and the number of performers at the ceremony has been reduced.
The torch relay will travel through Japan for 121 days, covering all 47 prefectures, before reaching the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games on July 23.
The ceremony will be preceded by a performance by a group of residents from Fukushima Prefecture, followed by the singing of a children’s choir during the ceremony.
The opening ceremony and the first section of the Fukushima flare relay on Day 1 will not be open to the public, but will be broadcast live on the official Tokyo 2020 channel.