A day after the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games were deferred to the summer of 2021, Olympic authorities have also decided to halt the relay run of the Olympic Torch, which though will now stay in Japan.
The International Olympic Committee and the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020) have today announced the postponement of the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 on Tuesday, March 24.
In the light of this postponement, Tokyo 2020 has also decided to postpone the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay, which was scheduled to start on 26 March. “We will announce revised dates for the Torch Relay after the new schedule for the Tokyo 2020 Games has been fixed, and renew our preparations for a vigorous Grand Start event that will bring people together again,” Tokyo 2020 has stated in a Press release.
“We apologise for the inconvenience caused to our partner organisations, each prefectural taskforce and the many other stakeholders who have made such great efforts to prepare for the Relay, and we ask for your continued cooperation. We will consider measures that allow torchbearers who were selected to run in the now postponed event to be given priority in the selection process for the new Torch Relay.”
The continuation of the Torch Relay becomes irrelevant as the Games will not only take place next year. Once a revised schedule and opening date are finalised, the Torch Relay plan will be decided accordingly.
Global spread of the Coronavirus has so far resulted in more than 4.15 lakh confirmed cases, with over 18,700 people losing their lives. In Japan, 1,140 confirmed cases and 42 deaths have been reported till date.