Because of Corona: Olympic fire dismantled prematurely
It has been clear for two weeks that the Tokyo Olympic Games will not take place as planned and will be postponed to 2021. And the exhibition of the Olympic fire has now been interrupted.
Due to the spread of the coronavirus, the exhibition of the Olympic fire is ended prematurely. The organizers announced two weeks after the relocation of the Olympic Games in Tokyo (July 23 to August 8, 2021). “We originally planned to hold the public exhibition by the end of April, but given the recent developments, we have decided to stop it,” said an OC spokesman. Where the flame is to be kept is not known.
Abe imposes a state of emergency for Tokyo
Also on Tuesday, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe imposed a state of emergency for Tokyo, Osaka and five other prefectures for fear of an explosion in Corona cases. This should last until May 6th. The measure empowers the governors to ask residents to stay at home and only leave home for essential tasks such as grocery shopping and medical care.
Since last week, the Olympic flame has been on display in a lantern in the Fukushima region that was largely destroyed by the 2011 earthquake and subsequent tsunami. According to the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the flame should serve as a light at the end of the tunnel in the current difficult times.