The Olympic flame began its journey to the capital of Japan

At the ancient Panathenaic stadium in the Greek capital ended the handover ceremony of the Olympic flame to representatives of the Japanese organizing Committee of the summer Games in 2020. Since then, the flame started its journey in Tokyo, which should make the Olympics in July-August this year.

for the First time in the history of the handover ceremony of the Olympic flame to the organizing Committee of the summer Olympic games were held in extremely modest conditions in which Europe lives because of the pandemic coronavirus. Without the guests of honor, without spectators, without journalists who had accreditation revoked, the fire was handed over to representatives of “Tokyo 2020”.

As previously reported Вести.Ru earlier, immediately after the ignition has been canceled the traditional torch relay through the cities of Greece, a country that is the ancestor of the Olympic movement. At the ceremony Thursday, March 19, came even the President of Greece Katerina Sakellaropoulo, who took office six days earlier.

In the torch relay at the stadium attended only by two Greek athletes – Olympic Champions Katerina and Lefteris Stefanidis Petronis, RIA Novosti reported. They lit the altar in the stadium. Japanese athletes from the trip to Greece were forced to abandon them a short welcome message conveyed by the video.

the Ceremony without the pageant, which was planned by over 50 artists. On the arena there were only three Actresses-priestess, who gave fire to the President of the Olympic Committee of Greece Spyros Kapralos, and the representative of the organizing Committee of “Tokyo 2020” Naoko Imoto, swimmer, participant of the Olympic games of 1996 in Atlanta.