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Olympic flame arrives in Tokyo without a mass procession

Japan-ALSHARQIYA July 9: The Olympic flame arrived in the Japanese capital, Tokyo, on Friday, as part of a modest ceremony held in an empty stadium, a day after local authorities and game organizers decided to ban fans in most facilities for fear of transmission of the Corona virus infection.

Two weeks before the Games' opening ceremony scheduled for this month, the torch arrived at its designated lantern spot and was symbolically handed over to Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike.

The organizers of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, postponed from last year due to the repercussions of the "Covid-19" pandemic, and local authorities announced Thursday evening a decision to ban local fans from attending sports competitions in the capital. In return for allowing a limited number of people to attend facilities outside Tokyo, such as Fukushima Prefecture.

The ban will make the sports wedding the first games in Olympic history to be held, in large part, behind closed doors.

The ban on fans coincided with the Japanese government’s decision to extend the state of health emergency, the fourth extension since the beginning of the pandemic, in Tokyo until August 22, knowing that the games will end on the 8th of it.

The Olympic torch relay was expected to spark enthusiasm in the hearts of the masses, but the mass escort was banned in many prefectures and also in Tokyo in the Asian archipelago, to replace it with symbolic torch-lighting ceremonies without spectators.

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