— Published 6 April 2021

Osaka no longer wants the flame

It’s official: authorities in Osaka, one of Japan’s most populous municipalities, have called on Tokyo Games organisers to stop handing over the Olympic torch to their city. In question, an increase in the number of cases of COVID-19 recorded in recent days in the prefecture. The organisers of the passing of the torch in Osaka very formally asked, Monday, April 5th, to be removed from the course. Their demand comes after Osaka Governor, Yoshimura Hirofumi, said last week that the torch relay should be canceled in the city, but could take place off the public highway. The torch’s route was to pass through Osaka on April 13th and 14th.