The Basics The departure of the Olympic flame for the Tokyo 2020 Games, which is scheduled for March 25 in Fukushima, will take place behind closed doors. However, the public can participate in the relay, but only under certain conditions.
The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay launch ceremony will undoubtedly take place without a spectator, but the public will be allowed to attend the relay itself, a Japanese newspaper reported on Tuesday.
According to the daily Yomiuri, the organizers of the Tokyo Olympics, due to take place this summer, want to avoid the crowds as the Olympic flame slated for March 25th in Fukushima, which was originally scheduled for 3,000 people, to go down. “The details of the great departure are still being discussed,” said a spokesman for the organizers of the games.
No cheering and wearing a mask
Tokyo-2020 announced in late February the strict rules that must be followed by those who want to let the flame go by, including the ban on cheering and the mandatory wearing of a mask. Attendance at certain points of the course is subject to change and the information about the bearers of the flame is only communicated at the last minute to avoid a grouped public, always in accordance with these guidelines.
Certain sections of the season could also be canceled to avoid the risk of Covid-19 transmission, the organizers had further clarified.
The Tokyo Olympics, postponed last year due to the pandemic, are scheduled from July 23rd to August 8th despite the ongoing health crisis in the world. The tricky question of whether or not to allow spectators from abroad during the event must be decided by the end of March, but according to local media, the organizers are already looking for a ban. A decision on the maximum capacity of the Olympic venues is also to be announced in April.