Japanese actress Satomi Ishihara waves whereas holding an Olympic torch throughout a rehearsal of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics torch relay in Tokyo on February 15, 2020.
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Tokyo Olympic organisers held a dummy run for the torch relay Saturday as fears over the coronavirus epidemic proceed to solid a darkish shadow over preparations for this summer season’s Video games.
A quartet of runners carried unlit torches for some 200 metres every as organisers meticulously went over the fantastic particulars earlier than the Olympic flame arrives in Japan to wind its means across the nation from March 26 to July 24, when the Video games start.
Watched by safety and police, the torch-bearers, sporting the official white Olympic uniform with diagonal pink stripe, handed a faux flame to 1 one other adopted by onlookers, native residents and metropolis officers as visitors was diverted for the occasion.
“It’s thrilling to assume this may happen throughout Japan over 121 days,” mentioned actress Satomi Ishihara, who ran the third leg of the relay rehearsal.
“I’m certain it’ll depart behind quite a lot of good recollections.”
Nevertheless, issues over the fast-spreading coronavirus — which has killed greater than 1,500 individuals and contaminated over 66,000 in China — have triggered requires Tokyo organisers to disclose whether or not they have contingency plans, regardless of their assertions the Olympics will go forward as deliberate.
Japan, which registered its first fatality from the illness on Thursday, is among the worst-hit international locations exterior of mainland China with not less than 30 circumstances within the nation and greater than 200 constructive exams aboard a quarantined on a cruise ship floating off Yokohama since final week.