Tokyo, August 31
The Olympic flame is occurring show in Tokyo, only a brief stroll from the brand new National Stadium the place it was purported to be burning a month in the past.
The flame arrived in Japan from Greece in March and has been largely hidden away in Tokyo because the Olympics had been postponed till subsequent yr due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The flame was unveiled on Monday at a small ceremony with Yoshiro Mori, the president of the Tokyo Olympic organizing committee, and Yasuhiro Yamashita, the president of the Japanese Olympic Committee.
The flame shall be on show starting Tuesday on the new Japan Olympic Museum for at the least the subsequent two months. Visitors can solely enter the museum, which is situated throughout the road from the brand new stadium, with a reservation.
The flame’s unveiling comes simply days after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe introduced his plans to resign.
Abe was available in 2013 in Buenos Aires when the IOC picked Tokyo, and he was the spotlight of the closing ceremony of the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro when he appeared as Nintendo sport character Super Mario.
The destiny of the Tokyo Olympics stays unsure. Organizers and the International Olympic Committee say it would open on July 23, 2021. But they haven’t revealed any particulars about how 15,400 Olympic and Paralympic athletes shall be protected in Tokyo.
Thousands of different workers, technical officers and media would additionally must enter Japan. The IOC says it desires followers at occasions however has not defined how this may occur, or if non-Japanese followers shall be allowed.
Organizers are unlikely to start out offering particulars till the autumn, or into subsequent yr because the affect of the COVID-1 pandemic on Olympic prospects turns into clearer.
A ballot this month of just about 13,000 Japanese firms confirmed 53.6% need the video games canceled or postponed once more. The IOC has stated if the Olympics cannot occur in 2021, they are going to be canceled. They can’t be postponed once more.
A ballot in July discovered that two-thirds of the general public additionally favors one other postponement or cancellation.
Tokyo organizers say they’re formally spending $12.6 billion to carry the Olympics, though a nationwide audit board says it is twice that a lot.
In addition, native estimates say the invoice for the delay may add on a number of billion extra. Organizers and the IOC have but to provide an in depth breakdown of the brand new prices. AP