The relay, which will involve 10,000 runners from every corner of Japan, started six weeks ago and has been mostly on schedule despite major re-routing in Osaka and in Matsuyama City in nearby Ehime prefecture.
Wickenheiser, a Hockey Hall of Fame inductee, knows after training for years to compete, she would do anything to go, so athletes, and the IOC, shouldn't make the final choice on the Games' fate.
As the coronavirus pandemic swept the globe, sponsors and broadcasters with millions of dollars on the line stayed mostly silent about the timing of the Tokyo Olympics, scheduled to open in July.
Regional Olympic officials on Wednesday rallied around the IOC and backed its stance on opening the Tokyo Games as scheduled, one day after direct criticism from athletes amid the coronavirus outbreak.
Tokyo Olympics 2020: IOC faces fierce resistance ahead of national comittees briefing on state of Games
The IOC has remained committed to staging the Tokyo Games as planned from 24 July – 9 August, saying on Tuesday after a meeting with international sports federations that measures against the virus were delivering results.
India Women's Ice Hockey Team plays for passion as scant support from government, corporates shadows future
The India women's side is faced with constraints such as lack of infrastructure which mean that the players can only train during the winter months over frozen lakes in Ladakh