Cape Times

Olympic torch relay route may be moved

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TOKYO: Authoritie­s are considerin­g moving the first three days of the Tokyo leg of the Olympic torch relay off public roads, because a quasi-state of emergency will still be in place, broadcaste­r NHK said yesterday.

The Tokyo part of the relay is due to start on July 9 and continue until the opening ceremony on July 23. However, much of the host city is currently under a quasi-state of emergency which will remain in place until July 11.

The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games was delayed by a year due to the coronaviru­s pandemic, and still faces resistance from a substantia­l portion of the public which fears it may cause further Covid-19 outbreaks.

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