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Public barred from 2020 Olympic flame lighting in Greece

Spectators will be kept away from the Olympic flame-lighting ceremony in Ancient Olympia on Thursday because of the coronavirus.

Only 100 accredited guests will be allowed to attend the traditional event, Greece’s Olympic committee said Monday.

A dress rehearsal on Wednesday for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic flame will also be closed to the public to comply with Greek government restrictions to prevent the spread of the virus.

The Tokyo organizing committee said it will “reduce the size of its traveling delegation as much as possible.”

Tokyo officials previously said they would not send 140 children to Greece to give the flame a send-off next week on its journey to Japan.

Date:10 March 2020

News source:ABC news

Link to this article:https://abcnews.go.com/Sports/wireStory/public-barred-2020-olympic-flame-lighting-greece-69486500

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Oh, so they’re gonna glow then!

Finally here is the design of the torch https://tokyo2020.org/en/special/torch/olympic/design/

Video of production of the torches YouTube VIDEO Personally, I like the design. I think the miniatures make cute keychains. Hope Lights Our Way

Despite this torch relay will be heavily toned down due to Corona, I still want to try to follow it as much as possible. Let's hope for the best.

Today was the big day and the ritual was held in Olympia. With no public besides the officials, of course.



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Well, they invited Gerard "King Leonidas" Butler to run the Torch in Sparta yesterday.  Of course, LARGE CROWDS gathered.  I mean who wouldn't want to see the buffed King Leonidas there (altho he was in a track suit?  And then, of course, they cancelled the whole Torch Relay now!  The management of the Torch Relay so far could not have been worse if the Douchebag-45 administration had handled it!  I wonder what will happen to the normally 300-400 torches that are allotted to the Greek portion of the Relay?  W)ill those be popping up as mint specimens on eBay soon!  

Watch Butler scream THIS IS TOKYO 2020! on the clip here:  https://www.insidethegames.biz/articles/1091871/greek-torch-relay-cancelled!   (The bald guy behind him is actor Billy Zane (of TITANIC fame) whose family apparently came from the Sparta area, too!  The flame was then scheduled to stop by the Thermopylae monument!  I have tears in my eyes now because I visited the Thermopylae site in 2010!)  

Butler in SPARTA:  


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Olympic flame to travel Japan without torch relay

NHK has learned that the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee has decided not to hold a torch relay, but will instead use a lantern to carry the Olympic flame across Japan.

Officials close to the matter say the committee decided that the torch relay won't come until it reaches a final conclusion with the International Olympic Committee on whether or not to postpone the Games.

The flame is expected to travel across Japan after being transferred to a lantern.

The officials say the committee made the decision, taking into consideration that it started discussions with the IOC about the Tokyo 2020 Games, including possible postponement.

The decision is also aimed at preventing the spread of the coronavirus as the torch relay would draw a large crowd of people along the course.

The Olympic flame was lit in Greece on March 12 and arrived in Japan on Friday.

The flame will travel across the country, starting in Fukushima on Thursday, after being displayed in Fukushima and two other prefectures in northeastern Japan that were devastated by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

The organizing committee plans to scale-down the Olympic flame ceremony in Fukushima and hold it without spectators.

News source:NHK WORLD Japan

Link to this article:https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20200324_01/

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