— Published 16 April 2021

The torch relay still disrupted

And three. After Osaka and Matsuyama, a third stage of the Olympic torch relay is disrupted by the health crisis. Authorities on the main island of Okinawa Prefecture in southern Japan have announced that the torch route will not be able to take the originally planned route. In question, the increase in the number of cases of coronavirus. The local organisers plan to significantly reduce the sails, to set up an alternative route, reduced to only the final sections, without the presence of spectators. The Okinawa Prefecture has been placed by the Japanese government on the list of regions most threatened by the outbreak of the pandemic. The Olympic torch relay is scheduled to cross it for two days, starting May 1st. Local organisers are also considering a very lean version of the course in three municipalities on the other islands of Okinawa Prefecture.