Olympic Torch relay suspended in Greece

The Hellenic Olympic Committee on Friday decided to suspend the Olympic Torch relay in Greece for the protection of public health from coronavirus.

The Olympic Flame began its journey through Greece on March 12 after the lighting of the flame in Ancient Olympia and reached Kalamata on the first day, where it spent the night.

On Friday, it resumed its journey but the large crowds gathering at the reception ceremony in Sparta caused local authorities to express concern, with result that the Hellenic Olympic Committee, in agreement with the health ministry and the International Olympic Committee decided on the cancellation of the rest of the programmed run.

The delivery of the Olympic Flame to Japan, organiser of the “Tokyo 2020” Olympics will be carried out as normal on Thursday, March 19 at the Panathinaiko Stadium (Kallimarmaro) in Athens, without the attendance of the public.

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