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FILE - In this March 20, 2019, file photo, Olympic torches of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games are displayed during a press conference in Tokyo.(AP)

Olympics: Torch relay schedule intact for next year - Report

By Reuters | Reuters
UPDATED ON AUG 20, 2020 02:19 PM IST
The relay is expected to start on March 25, 2021, in Fukushima prefecture from the J-Village soccer training centre, a symbol of Japan’s reconstruction from the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, Kyodo said, citing unidentified officials with knowledge of the matter.
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The Japanese national flag waves next to an altar with the Olympic flame of the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics(REUTERS)
The Japanese national flag waves next to an altar with the Olympic flame of the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics(REUTERS)

‘Heartbreaking’: Olympic torch events downscaled over virus

By AFP | Tokyo
UPDATED ON MAR 17, 2020 04:15 PM IST
Chief executive Toshiro Muto told reporters that the “grand start” of the torch relay from the disaster-hit Fukushima province would take place without spectators “in order to prevent the spread of infections”.
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In this Feb. 2, 2020, file photo, two logo for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics, are displayed at a grand opening ceremony(AP)
In this Feb. 2, 2020, file photo, two logo for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics, are displayed at a grand opening ceremony(AP)

Virus limits next Tokyo Olympic test event to Japanese-only

By AP | Tokyo
UPDATED ON FEB 20, 2020 02:04 PM IST
They will be watched closely, as will the start of the torch relay on March 26 in Fukushima, a prefecture devastated nine years ago by an earthquake, tsunami and the meltdown of three nuclear reactors.
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Indian Olympic Association (IOA) President Narinder Batra with Chairman Indonesia Asian Games Organizing Committee (INASGOC) Erick Thohir hold the torch during the 18th Asian Games Jakarta-Palembang 2018 Flame - Lighting Ceremony at Major Dhyanchand National Stadium in New Delhi.(HT PHOTO)
Indian Olympic Association (IOA) President Narinder Batra with Chairman Indonesia Asian Games Organizing Committee (INASGOC) Erick Thohir hold the torch during the 18th Asian Games Jakarta-Palembang 2018 Flame - Lighting Ceremony at Major Dhyanchand National Stadium in New Delhi.(HT PHOTO)

Torch relay sets off, IOA says no change to Asian Games contingent

By Navneet Singh | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 15, 2018 09:36 PM IST
The Asian Games torch was lit by IOA president Narinder Batra on Sunday, who also said that there will not be any change to the 524-member squad for the quadrennial event.
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