Olympics-Shimane prefecture mulls pulling out of torch relay

Olympics-Shimane prefecture mulls pulling out of torch relay
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  • calendar-gray 17 February 2021

Japan’s Shimane prefecture is considering pulling out of the Olympic torch relay due to its dissatisfaction with the central government and Tokyo’s handling of COVID-19 containment measures, Kyodo News reported on Wednesday, APA reports citing Reuters.

The possible boycott of the high-profile event marks the latest setback for the Games, which have already been marred by an unprecedented delay, strong public opposition, and the recent resignation of Yoshiro Mori, the head of the Tokyo organising committee, over sexist remarks.

The Shimane government will hold a committee meeting about the torch relay on Wednesday, followed by a news conference by Governor Tatsuya Maruyama, a prefectural official said.

The Tokyo Olympics torch relay is scheduled to start in Fukushima, in northeastern Japan, on March 25 and travel through all 47 prefectures over 121 days. Shimane is set to host the event on May 15-16.

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