FUKUSHIMA, Japan (Reuters) – Tokyo 2020 organizers left the Olympic flame in the hands of Fukushima Prefecture on Wednesday where it will be on display in a lantern for the next month after the Games were postponed for a year due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The handover took place at a subdued ceremony at the J-Village National Training Center in Fukushima, which was originally set to be the starting point of the torch relay.
Only Tokyo 2020 COO Yukihiko Nunomura made the trip north from the organizing committee.
“This is a (symbol of) hope for the world to celebrate the best of human beings through Tokyo 2020 after we overcome the serious coronavirus,” said Nunomura to start the ceremony.
He then handed the Olympic flame to Makoto Noji from the Fukushima government.
“I strongly believe that the Olympic flame departure from the J-Village next year will be a strong message that we can overcome whatever difficulty,” said Noji.
“(It is a) symbol of hope – after we overcome…
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