• February 9, 2023

Olympic Torch Relay Spectators Asked Not To Cheer : Coronavirus Updates : NPR

Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Organizing Committee President Seiko Hashimoto (right) speaks with Tokyo 2020 Deputy General Director Yukihiko Nunomura ahead of a press conference on the operation and media coverage of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay in Tokyo on Thursday . Behrouz Mehri / AP Hide caption

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Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Organizing Committee President Seiko Hashimoto (right) speaks with Tokyo 2020 Deputy General Director Yukihiko Nunomura ahead of a press conference on the operation and media coverage of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay in Tokyo on Thursday .

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The traditional prelude to the Olympics, the torch relay, will look – and sound – a little different this year as viewers are encouraged to dodge the crowds and muffle their cheers as the torch passes them.

Tokyo organizing committee members announced a number of pandemic measures Thursday, including the ability to suspend portions of the relay if health officials deem it necessary.

“No shouting, no cheering. Please cheer by clapping your hands and keeping a reasonable distance if there is overcrowding,” said Yukihiko Nunomura, the committee’s assistant director-general, at a press conference Thursday, according to The Associated Press.

The muted torch relay is slated to begin in Fukushima on March 25 and travel through Japan until July 23, the day the Games will open. The Olympics have been postponed for a year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Olympic rings were displayed in front of the National Stadium, which will host the 2020 Olympic Games, in Tokyo last year. The games have been postponed until 2021 due to the coronavirus. Behrouz Mehri / AFP via Getty Images Hide caption

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The Olympic rings were displayed in front of the National Stadium, which will host the 2020 Olympic Games, in Tokyo last year. The games have been postponed until 2021 due to the coronavirus.

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About 10,000 torch bearers and others expected to attend the torch relay, the AP added.

The organizing committee was also released detailed security logs including what it calls avoiding the “3Cs”: enclosed spaces, crowded places, and settings for close contact.

It also urged onlookers not to watch from the roadside when they felt sick and encouraged them to wear face coverings.

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Officials are too Allow task forces by local governments to enforce “suspending torch relay on public roads and / or hosting only one torch-lighting ceremony without spectators” when such safety protocols are required.

Additionally, torch bearers are asked to follow safety protocols in advance of their part of the relay.

In the two weeks leading up to their leg, torchbearers are asked, in accordance with official guidelines, not to engage in any activities that pose a risk of COVID-19 infection, such as walking around. B. Eating out or visiting crowded places.

In the 14 days leading up to their part of the squadron, torchbearers are also required to submit a daily health checklist. If the torchbearers feel sick or suspect that they are infected on the day of their relay race, they must immediately report this to the organizing committee staff.

If they are above 37.5 degrees Celsius, they may be asked not to run as per guidelines.

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In addition to the corona virus, the hotly contested Olympic Games in Tokyo faced a number of headwinds.

Japan made its decision earlier this month Seiko Hashimoto, one of the most prominent politicians in the country, joins as the new organizing executive.

Your predecessor Yoshiro Mori He resigned on February 12 after making sexist statements that women talk too much in meetings.

After his resignation, the President of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach, issued a statement in which he respected Mori’s decision to resign and looks forward to working with his successor.

Despite the ongoing pandemic, organizers are pushing ahead with planning the event, a daunting task that aims to bring thousands of athletes, media and volunteers from around the world.

Few people in Japan are likely to be vaccinated by the time the Games open. The Guardian reportedGrowing fears that the event could spark another round of outbreaks.

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