SPORTS Olympic flame arrives in Japan amid coronavirus fears


Olympic flame arrives in Japan amid coronavirus fears


14:14, March 20, 2020

Former Japanese swimmer Imoto Naoko holds the Olympic torch during the Olympic flame handover ceremony for the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics on March 19, 2020, in Athens. (Photo: Agencies)

The Olympic flame arrived in Japan on Friday amid coronavirus fears with only four months to go until the opening of the Tokyo Games.

The Tokyo 2020 Go, a chartered aircraft carrying the flame, landed at the Japanese Air Self-Defense Force base in Matsushima, Miyagi Prefecture on Friday.

An arrival ceremony will be held later on Friday morning to welcome the flame but performances by local students have been canceled due to the spread of the coronavirus.

The flame will be displayed in three northern prefectures hit by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami before the start of the torch relay on March 26 from J-Village at Fukushima.

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