Overseas Network News on September 26, according to a Japanese TV station, the torch relay of the Tokyo Olympics, postponed due to the epidemic, is scheduled to be held on March 25, 2021. As previously planned, the torch relay will be carried out throughout Japan within 121 days.
According to relevant sources of the Tokyo Olympics, the 2021 torch relay will be launched in Fukushima Prefecture on March 25, and will be relayed in 47 prefectures in Japan in line with this year's plan. Due to the postponement of the Tokyo Olympics, many people expressed their opinions and demanded cuts in funding. The torch relay in 2021 will not reduce the number of torchbearers, but will reduce the number of relay queue vehicles, departure ceremony decorations, equipment and staff. At present, the Japanese side and the International Olympic Committee have reached an agreement on this.
In addition, the Tokyo Olympics will also simplify related activities by canceling the ceremonies in the Olympic Village and reducing the number of translators, and discussions are currently underway.
On the 25th, the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games Organizing Committee (Tokyo 2020 Olympic Organizing Committee) and the International Olympic Committee held the 10th Coordinating Committee meeting. In response to the decision to simplify the policy, the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Organizing Committee has discussed with multiple organizations in the past nearly three months, and finally listed more than 50 issues to be simplified, including reducing personnel and controlling infrastructure construction.
Tokyo Olympic Organizing Committee Chairman Yoshiro Mori introduced at the meeting that the newly appointed Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga had served as a follower during the Tokyo Olympic Torch Relay in 1964 when he was only 15 years old. "He has a deep connection with the Olympics." Yoshiro Mori also said that Yoshihide Suga has been working hard to prepare for the Tokyo Olympics. Former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe also said that he would "fully support the Olympics."