The 2020 Tokyo Olympics flame-lighting ceremony is due to go ahead as normal in Greece next week despite concerns over coronavirus. The Greek Olympic committee, known as the HOC, said they are working with health authorities and will “evaluate the situation every two days,” per the Associated Press. The Olympic flame is due to be lit in southern Greece and carried in a relay through the country before being handed over to the organizers of the Tokyo Games.

The International Olympic Committee issued a statement Tuesday, in which it expressed its “full commitment to the success of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, taking place from July 24 to Aug. 9, 2020.” Japanese officials have blamed Coronavirus for the deaths of 12 people in the country. Coronavirus has killed at least 3,100 and sickened at least 90,000 worldwide.

Olympic flame-lighting to proceed despite virus


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