Tokyo Olympics 2020: Kane Tanaka, world's oldest person, withdraws from Games' torch relay citing COVID-19
Kane Tanaka from Fukuoka in southern Japan, had been planning to use a wheelchair to carry the torch when it passes through the city on Tuesday.
An unnamed man in his 30s, who had taken part in the relay in the western island of Shikoku, has tested positive for the virus, said the organisers.
The Olympic flame began its nationwide relay on 25 March in Fukushima and is due to pass through the Osaka region on 13 and 14 April.
"We think it falls into the category of unnecessary outings and we need to avoid crowds in Osaka city," local media quoted Osaka governor.
The nationwide celebration, a massive undertaking, will be key to building momentum for the Games.
The first runner with the Olympic torch was Azusa Iwashimizu, a key player in the Japan team that won the Women’s World Cup in 2011.
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World Cup-winning Japanese footballer Nahomi Kawasumi confirmed she will not take part in the coronavirus-delayed Tokyo Olympics torch relay, after originally pulling out last year because of concerns over the pandemic.
The torch relay will begin in Fukushima prefecture, which last week marked the 10th anniversary of the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster that left 18,500 dead or missing.
The start of the torch relay on 25 March is also likely to be held without fans, according to local reports. The Olympics open on 23 July followed by the Paralympics on 24 August.
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Despite persistent concerns about the safety of holding the Games this summer, organisers say the massive event can go ahead and the torch relay will kick off as planned on 25 March.
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It was meant to be the start of a triumphant march to the Tokyo 2020 Games: the torch relay would begin on Thursday in Fukushima, battered by the 2011 earthquake and nuclear disaster, as a poignant symbol of the “Recovery Olympics.”