Tokyo Olympic organisers plan to observe roughly the identical schedule, delayed by a 12 months, for the nationwide torch relay preceeding the postponed summer time Video games, Kyodo Information reported on Thursday.
The relay is anticipated to start out on March 25, 2021, in Fukushima prefecture from the J-Village soccer coaching centre, a logo of Japan’s reconstruction from the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, Kyodo mentioned, citing unidentified officers with data of the matter.
Runners are to cross by way of all 47 of Japan’s prefectures within the relay lasting 121 days, as initially deliberate, the information company mentioned.
The relay had been scheduled to start out in J-Village on March 26 this 12 months, however simply days earlier than that, the Worldwide Olympic Committee and Japanese authorities determined to postpone the Video games by a 12 months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Organisers purpose to stay to the occasion as initially deliberate however may nonetheless make modifications to include the unfold of the coronavirus, Kyodo mentioned.
“We’re persevering with to respect the unique framework as a lot as doable whereas we evaluate how we organise the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay,” the organising committee mentioned in an emailed assertion in reponse to the report.
The Tokyo Olympics at the moment are scheduled to run from July 23 to Aug. 8, 2021.