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Olympic torch relay kicks off in Japan's Fukushima

25.03.2021 47 просмотров

The Olympic torch relay has started in Japan.

The Olympic torch relay kicked off Thursday from the J-Village football training center in Fukushima, Japan. The event was broadcast on the website of the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee.

During the ceremony on the occasion of the start, actors in samurai costumes, drummers and dancers took to the stage in turn. Then students from Fukushima showed pictures they had painted in honor of the Olympics, which depicted flying cranes and a whale jumping out of the water, and also performed musical numbers. After that, the choir of Japanese schoolchildren sang the song Hana wa saku ("Flowers are blooming"). It was composed with the support of the NHK TV channel as part of a charity program to help the regions affected by the earthquake and tsunami of 2011.

Finally, the lamp with the Olympic flame brought from Greece was brought onto the stage, from which the flame was lit relay torch. The first runner was Azusa Iwashimizu, a 34-year-old soccer player who competed for the Japanese national team from 2006 to 2016.

The relay itself is taking place amid the implementation of measures to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus. Each torchbearer is accompanied at a safe distance by about ten employees of the organizing committee of the Games, as well as police officers who monitor what is happening. In addition, the ignition of each new torch is also controlled. After this, the previous runner is asked to step aside, the organizing committee coordinator receives information from surrounding colleagues about the current situation, and only then the next torchbearer is allowed to continue the race.

The race will last 121 days, and the torch is planned to be carried through 859 municipalities in all 47 prefectures of the country. About 10,000 people are expected to take part in the relay.

The Tokyo Olympics were to be held from July 24 to August 9, 2020. However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the competition was postponed for a year and will take place from July 23 to August 8, 2021.

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