Olympic torch relay starts in Japan

Olympic torch relay starts in Japan
Olympic torch relay starts in Japan

The Olympic torch relay has started in Fukushima Prefecture, Japan, NHK reports.

Following the anti-coronavirus restrictions, journalists' attendance at the event is limited. Live Broadcast of the event is taking place on the YouTube channel of the Organizing Committee.

The relay started at the J-Village football training center. The members of the Japanese women's soccer team were the first to pick up torches. In 2011, the athletes won the World Cup in Germany. Their participation in the ceremony and the election of the prefecture are deeply symbolic to the Japanese. This symbolizes the country's recovery after the devastating 2011 tsunami and the Fukushima-1 nuclear power plant accident.

The Olympic torch will pass through Japan's 47th prefecture, and after 121 days, the relay will end in Tokyo, where the Olympic Games will open on July 23.

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