Organisers of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games are considering a streamlined version of the Torch Relay to cut costs.
The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Flame has been put on public display in Fukushima, where it will remain until the end of April before it is moved to the Japanese capital.
Tokyo 2020 President Yoshirō Mori has said that a decision on whether to continue the Olympic Torch Relay will be made in the coming days.
Huge crowds have turned out to see the Olympic Flame when it was put on display at Sendai railway station in the Japanese prefecture of Miyagi in spite of advice not to congregate.
A Tokyo 2020 delegation will not fly to Athens to collect the Olympic Flame tomorrow as was originally planned.
Hellenic Post’s issue of a first day cover to mark the lighting of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Flame seems set to become even more of a collectors item after the decision to cancel the remainder of the Greek section of the Relay as a precautionary measure against the spread of coronavirus.
The Tokyo 2020 Torch has begun its journey from Ancient Olympia to the Japanese capital after the traditional lighting ceremony in the place where the Olympic Games of antiquity were held.
Precautions against the coronavirus have prompted a reduction in the the usual celebrations, but as things stand, organisers insist that Rio 2016 shooting champion Anna Korakaki will receive the first Olympic Torch to start the Relay to Tokyo next Thursday.
Tokyo 2020 organisers have revealed that the special aircraft which will carry the Olympic flame to Japan is expected to fly from Tokyo International Airport to Athens on the morning of March 18.
Limiting the number of spectators and monitoring the health of runners are among the measures set to be put in place by Tokyo 2020 for the upcoming Olympic Torch Relay because of widening concerns over the coronavirus outbreak.
The Hellenic Olympic Committee (HOC) has scaled down events around the lighting of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Flame next week, but insists the ceremony in Ancient Olympia will go ahead "with a sense of responsibility for the protection of public health."
Tokyo 2020 Torch Relay organisers have promised an announcement “at some point” next week after admitting to the possibility of shortening the event because of the outbreak of coronavirus.
In less than a fortnight, the Flame for Tokyo 2020 will be kindled in Ancient Olympia, the second time that an Olympic Torch Relay has set out for the Japanese capital.
Hellenic Olympic Committee President Spyros Capralos has revealed the threat posed by the coronavirus outbreak has prompted organisers of the 2020 Olympic Torch Relay to hold consultations with health authorities in Greece.
Fukushima is a safe location for the Olympic Torch Relay, the prefecture's Governor has insisted as it gears up to host the beginning of the procession next month.