The Greek leg of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch relay has been cancelled to prevent the spread of the novel Coronavirus spread, which has already been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organisation.
The Torch Relay organisers have informed the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games organising committee that the Greek leg of the Olympic Torch Relay has been cancelled.
“Tokyo 2020 has been informed that the Greek leg of the Olympic Torch Relay has been cancelled. However, we have been also informed that the Hellenic Olympic Committee has agreed to carry out the handover ceremony as planned on March 19th, although there will be no public in attendance. Tokyo 2020 will continue to collaborate closely with all related organisations including the IOC and the Hellenic Olympic Committee,” IOC has said in a statement.
“Tokyo 2020 will bring the Olympic Flame back to Japan, and in line with the countermeasure policy set by the national government, we will work closely with all municipalities and related organisations in Japan to ensure the Olympic Torch Relay safely begins on March 26. The IOC and Tokyo 2020 have also reconfirmed today that both parties will continue to stay in close collaboration with all relevant organisations as we prepare to deliver a safe and secure Tokyo 2020 Games opening on 24 July 2020 as planned.”