Olympic Flame Lighting Ceremony Will Be Closed To Public Due To Coronavirus Concerns

The traditional Lighting Ceremony of the Olympic Flame in Greece that kicks off the Olympics season will be held Thursday without spectators owing to coronavirus concerns, organizers said Monday.

The Hellenic Olympic Committee also urged local communities to “follow the instructions of the Ministry of Health and the National Public Health Organization” when the Olympic Torch comes through Greek and Japanese cities and towns on it way to the 2020 Tokyo Games.

The Olympics, scheduled for July 24-August 9, remains on schedule despite the rise of coronavirus cases worldwide. The International Olympic Committee last week reaffirmed its plan to hold the Games as planned, though at least one Ioc member, Dick Pound, said last month that if the Olympics were to be canceled, a decision would have to come by late May.

Coronavirus concerns have wrecked havoc with global sporting events from soccer to tennis to car racing. Covid-19 illnesses have surpassed
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