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Tokyo Olympic Torch Relay Pulled Off Streets In Hiroshima

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An ignition ceremony for the Tokyo Olympic torch relay is held at Heiwadai Athletic Stadium in Fukuoka, southwestern Japan, Tuesday, May 11, 2021. The torch relay was taken off public roads due to the coronavirus pandemic. The next week's torch relay is being pulled off the streets in Hiroshima prefecture, too, as COVID-19 cases rise in Japan. This is at least the sixth change to the relay - from rerouting to cancellation - in the last several weeks as cases surge in Japan. Organizers warned before the relay began that changes and delays were expected in the face of the pandemic. (Kyodo News via AP)

(AP) — The Tokyo Olympic torch relay is being pulled off the streets in Hiroshima prefecture. Hiroshima Governor Hidehiko Yuzaki says a ceremony next week without the relay is likely to still take place. This is at least the sixth change to the relay in the last several weeks as cases of COVID-19 have surged in Japan. The relay began on March 25 and is to end on July 23 at the opening ceremony of the Olympics. Tokyo and other areas are under a state of emergency until May 31. International Olympic President Thomas Bach was forced to call off a trip next week to Hiroshima. The event was to come barely two months before the Olympics open.

 

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