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Fear over spread of COVID-19 leads to Olympic torch relay cancellation on Tokyo’s streets

The Olympic torch relay has been cancelled on Tokyo’s streets, as fears over the spread of COVID-19 continue to plague the Games.

Starting Friday, public relay events in the city will be replaced with flame-lighting ceremonies streamed online. The officials informed, only the leg in the remote Ogasawara islands, south of Tokyo, will go ahead as planned.

Tokyo 2020 is due to begin on 23rd July despite public opposition. People in Japan have taken to the streets in recent months calling for the Olympics to be cancelled or postponed, amid the fear of COVID.

The nationwide torch relay has faced numerous problems since it began in March – nearly half of the legs on the route have been disrupted. Kyoto and Hiroshima also scrapped plans for the relay to go through public roads. Video has also emerged of a woman attempting to extinguish the Olympic torch flame during the leg in Mito city by squirting a water pistol.

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