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Tokyo Olympics 2020: Olympic flame lands in Japan amid concerns over impact of coronavirus on Games
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Tokyo Olympics 2020: Olympic flame lands in Japan amid concerns over impact of coronavirus on Games

A plane carrying the Olympic torch from Greece arrived on Friday on Japan’s north-western coast ravaged by a 2011 tsunami, but the welcome ceremony will have no spectators, amid worries the Games could be cancelled over the coronavirus pandemic.

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

Rio Olympics 2016 Opening Ceremony: When does it start, live TV coverage and live streaming online
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Rio Olympics 2016 Opening Ceremony: When does it start, live TV coverage and live streaming online

On Friday, the torch will be carried into the Maracana stadium to light the Olympic cauldron at the opening ceremony to pronounce the games as open.

Rio 2016: Olympic torch passes through host city amid samba, protests
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Rio 2016: Olympic torch passes through host city amid samba, protests

The Olympic flame landed by boat in Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday to a welcome committee of samba dancers, cheering crowds and small protests ahead of the opening ceremony.

RIP Muhammad Ali: How even the greatest worshipped 'The Greatest'
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RIP Muhammad Ali: How even the greatest worshipped 'The Greatest'

At the time of the Atlanta Olympics in 1996, Muhammad Ali was already suffering from the onset of Parkinson’s disease, the illness which, along with related complications, has seen the planet on Saturday lose one of its most beautiful humanitarians and most exceptional of men.

Road to Rio: Countdown begins with traditional Olympic torch lighting in Greece
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Road to Rio: Countdown begins with traditional Olympic torch lighting in Greece

The official countdown to this year's Rio de Janeiro Olympics began on Thursday when the torch was lit at the site of the ancient Games, with organisers hoping it will shift attention away from Brazil's political and financial turmoil.

Images: Russia sends Olympic torch on a journey to space
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Images: Russia sends Olympic torch on a journey to space

Russia sent the Olympic torch to space in style. Here are images of the blast off.

Russia sends Sochi winter Olympic torch into space
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Russia sends Sochi winter Olympic torch into space

The torch, unlit for safety reasons, was part of the payload of a Soyuz spacecraft that lifted off from the Russian-leased Baikonur launch facility in Kazakhstan.

Russia to take Olympic torch on first ever space walk
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Russia to take Olympic torch on first ever space walk

For safety reasons, the torch will not be lit. That may be a relief for Russia as the flame has gone out many times since the torch relay began last month, a minor setback as President Vladimir Putin tries to use the Games to boost Russia's image.

Amitabh Bachchan carries the Olympic torch
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Amitabh Bachchan carries the Olympic torch

The 69-year-old jogged a bit before slowing to a brisk walk during the course of his 300-metre run in the Southwark area in south London.

Ban Ki-moon runs at Sarajevo Olympic Stadium
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Ban Ki-moon runs at Sarajevo Olympic Stadium

Ban carried a torch Thursday morning as he ran alongside Sarajevo's marathon runner Islam Djugum, who even during Bosnia's 1992-95 war trained daily, but only after dark, to avoid snipers.

London Mayor hopes torch relay will lift Olympic mood
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London Mayor hopes torch relay will lift Olympic mood

The Olympic torch arrived in London on Friday after touring scores of British cities, towns and villages, delivered by a Royal Marine Commando who abseiled from a helicopter into the Tower of London, one of the capital's main tourist attractions.

Oly torch making firm suspected of hiring illegal Indian immigrants
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Oly torch making firm suspected of hiring illegal Indian immigrants

Crown Polishing and Plating faces prosecution and a fine of 50,000 pounds (over $78,000) after policemen and border officers held nine men from India during a raid.