Cornoavirus pandemic: Tokyo Olympics 2020 organisers cancel gymnastics test event; torch to arrive in Japan on 20 March

The Olympic torch is set to arrive in Japan on Friday on a flight from Greece. The official start of the four-month relay around Japan begins on 26 March in the northeastern prefecture of Fukushima.

The Associated Press March 18, 2020 09:57:22 IST
Cornoavirus pandemic: Tokyo Olympics 2020 organisers cancel gymnastics test event; torch to arrive in Japan on 20 March

Tokyo: Tokyo Olympic organizers on Wednesday said a test event in gymnastics set for 4-5 April has been canceled.

Organizers say the Japan Gymnastics Association called off the Artistic Gymnastics All-Around World Cup, which was also being organized by FIG, the world governing body of the sport.

Cornoavirus pandemic Tokyo Olympics 2020 organisers cancel gymnastics test event torch to arrive in Japan on 20 March

The torch is set to be lit at Olympia on 12 March and will be followed by a seven-day relay. AP

Tokyo 2020 officials say they will attempt to carry out an “operational test” on the same date. It is unclear if athletes will be included.

Tokyo organizers have 15 test events remaining to conduct, with the final one ending on 6 May. Few are likely to be carried out as scheduled, and the presence of non-Japanese athletes is almost certain not to occur.

Despite the coronavirus pandemic, Tokyo organizers and the IOC have repeatedly said the Olympics will open as scheduled on 24 July. In a local poll, 70 percent of Japanese said they believe the games will not open as scheduled.

The Olympic torch is set to arrive in Japan on Friday on a flight from Greece. The official start of the four-month relay around Japan begins on 26 March in the northeastern prefecture of Fukushima.

Organizers are asking for a reduction in crowds along the torch route. If crowds are too large they could stop that leg, but organizers say they are determined to run the entire route until its end on 24 July at the new national stadium.

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