The Tokyo 2020 torch relay, which used to be placed on grasp when the Olympics had been behind schedule over the coronavirus, will get started subsequent March from Japan's Fukushima area, organisers stated Monday.
The Olympic flame had already arrived in Japan from Greece and the relay used to be days from starting previous this 12 months when organisers and Olympic officers took the historical determination to put off the Video games by way of one year.
The flame is these days on show in Tokyo.
The relay will now get started on March 25, 2021, starting within the Fukushima area hit by way of nuclear crisis after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
The relay, which can see the flame go back and forth to all 47 prefectures of Japan, is being organised underneath the slogan "Hope Lighting fixtures Our Means" and used to be supposed to focus on reconstruction in spaces devastated by way of the 2011 crisis.
"Within the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, it’s going to moreover symbolise the sunshine on the finish of the darkish tunnel; a beacon of hope for the sector within the run-up to the Tokyo 2020 Video games, themselves a logo of the resilience, the harmony and the cohesion of humankind," organisers stated in a commentary.
The course and the agenda for the relay will stay the similar "in concept," despite the fact that the commentary famous that the course and party venues "is also reviewed in gentle of the Covid-19 state of affairs."
The postponement of the Video games has led to primary logistical issues and additional expense for organisers.
In consequence, organisers had been pressured to spot a raft of cost-cutting measures, that may come with smaller automobile convoys for the torch relay and a more practical release match.
The postponed Video games are scheduled to open in Tokyo on July 23, 2021.