the Greeks quickly handed over the Olympic flame to the Japanese in an empty stadium in Athens.
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At the Panathenaic stadium in Athens on Thursday was more than a modest handover ceremony of the Olympic flame to the organizing Committee of the XXXII summer Games 2020 in Tokyo who persistently do not want to cancel. In order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19 action took place without guests, spectators and even journalists.
the stands were empty. In the torch relay in the stadium participated, only two Greek athletes – Olympic Champions Katerina and Lefteris Stefanidis Petronis. They lit the altar.
has Been canceled theatrical performance with the participation of 55 artists, playing the role of priestesses. Came to the arena only two priestesses, who gave fire to the President of the Olympic Committee of Greece and a member of the IOC Spyros Capralos, and the representative of the organizing Committee of “Tokyo 2020” Naoko Imoto.
The Olympic flame is on its way to #Tokyo2020
Tokyo Organizing committee representative Naoko Imoto has received the flame and it will now be transported to Miyagi prefecture in a specially designed #Tokyo2020 lantern. #OlympicTorchRelay #UnitedByEmotion pic.twitter.com/963rIXeGtQ
— #Tokyo2020 (@Tokyo2020) March 19, 2020
Japanese athletes also were forced to cancel the trip to Greece, their brief greeting conveyed by the video.
Recall that barely started the Olympic torch relay for the Games in 2020 was stopped on March 13 at Sparta, when there came hundreds of people to look at Hollywood star Gerard Butler who played king Leonidas in the movie “300”.
Now, the torch of the aircraft will be delivered to Japan, where on 26 March, the Fukushima Prefecture to begin the Japanese section of the relay. The route is laid in 47 prefectures of the country and will end July 24 at the opening ceremony of the Olympic games if these plans will not prevent the coronavirus.