IOC President Thomas Bach said that his organisation was «fully committed» to the upcoming 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo and «encouraged» by the «many measures being taken» to fight the coronavirus, in Ancient Olympia on Thursday.
Bach also spoke about the torch lighting ceremony that took place earlier in the day, saying that it was a «great moment,» that was a «strong signal of our commitment and... Еще the commitment of our Japanese friends to make these Olympic Games 2020 a great success in the summer of this year.»
The lighting ceremony took place with an audience of only 100 accredited guests due to the coronavirus outbreak.
This was the first time since the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics that the event isn't attended by the general public.
The flame will travel to Japan, after a handing-over ceremony on March 19 at the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens, which held the first ever modern games, to the host city of Tokyo.
The original plan was to have the relay begin in Fukushima with the concept of 'Hope Lights Our Way' on March 26, before a 121-day journey through all 47 Japanese prefectures and then finally coming to an end in Tokyo on July 24.
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