TOKYO – Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic organizers have drafted a torch relay policy to deal with the challenges of the current coronavirus outbreak, a source with knowledge of the matter said Tuesday.
Procedures for the relay, which begins from the J-Village soccer training center in Fukushima Prefecture on March 26, will vary depending on the status of infection in each locale after consultation between prefectural governments and the organizing committee.
Measures could vary from restricting access to ceremonies such as those welcoming the torch’s arrival and asking the public to exercise self-restraint when cheering along the roadside. Runners and staff members will have their temperatures taken, and runners who are not feeling well should refrain from participating.
The organizing committee will report its basic policy to the International Olympic Committee in an April 4 teleconference.
The organizing committee has also decided to reduce the size of the Japanese delegation participating in the March 12 torch-lighting ceremony in Olympia, Greece. A cultural performance by 140 Japanese primary junior high and high school students in Athens for the March 19 torch handover ceremony may be reconsidered.