The Olympic torch relay launch ceremony takes place in Fukushima Prefecture at the J-Village Soccer Training Center, which was chosen as a symbol of the country’s rebirth after the devastating earthquake and tsunami of 2011.
The Olympic relay will begin on March 25 and will pass through all 47 prefectures of Japan to Tokyo, where the opening of the postponed Olympic Games-2020 will take place on July 23.
Earlier, Japan calculated the number of losses due to the absence of foreign spectators at the Tokyo Olympics. According to experts, the country’s budget will miss about 150 billion yen (1.37 billion US dollars). According to the idea of the organizers of the Games, it was planned to show tourists not only the capital but also the regions.
On Saturday, March 20, the organizing committee of the Olympic Games in Tokyo made the final decision to hold the competition without foreign fans. The measure is designed to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Also in Japan, new strains of the virus are feared to enter the islands.
The Olympic Games were postponed to the summer of 2021 due to the situation with the coronavirus pandemic. It is planned that the Olympiad will be held from July 23 to August 8.